October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s the time of year when city buildings turn their top lights pink; when fountains are dyed so they bubble pink foam; when football players don pink gloves and cleats every Sunday.
And this year, the Crossroads Hospice team, known for our distinctive green gear, will go pink to join in raising awareness about breast cancer.
This month is about so much more than wearing pink or pinning a pink ribbon to your coat. It’s about raising awareness about a disease that has some sobering statistics, like the fact that one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Or that, according the American Cancer Society, over 39,000 women are expected to die from breast cancer this year. Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women.
While most people are aware of breast cancer, many still neglect to take the steps to catch breast cancer in the early stages.
When breast cancer is found early, in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98 percent.
While you can’t prevent breast cancer, you can be aware of the ways to catch it in the localized stage.
When Judi Bukaty's husband passed away, there was one thing she knew for sure. She was going to find a way to give back to those that had supported them during his final days.
So in June 2011, Bukaty signed up as a volunteer with Crossroads Hospice to serve alongside those who had taken care of her husband.