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Posted on: September 12, 2019

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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The Angel Fire Fire Department and the Fire Department Support Team is teaming up with the Angel Fire Police Department to help Fight Breast Cancer and we need your Help!


OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

 

WHAT IS BREAST CANCER?

Cancer begins in the cells which are the basic building blocks that make up tissue. Tissue is found in the breast and other parts of the body. Sometimes, the process of cell growth goes wrong and new cells form when the body doesn’t need them and old or damaged cells do not die as they should. When this occurs, a build-up of cells often forms a mass of tissue called a lump, growth, or tumor.

Breast cancer occurs when malignant tumors develop in the breast. These cells can spread by breaking away from the original tumor and entering blood vessels or lymph vessels, which branch into tissues throughout the body. When cancer cells travel to other parts of the body and begin damaging other tissues and organs, the process is called metastasis.

FACTS

  • One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
  • Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today. 

For the month of October, Firefighters will be wearing Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts, custom designed by AFFD’s Chris Goodwyn, and the AFPD will be wearing custom designed Breast Cancer Awareness hats. 

We will be selling these custom T-Shirts and Hats to raise funds, and the profit from these items will go directly to the Angel Fire retreat location of CASTING FOR RECOVERY. Please call the Fire Dept. at 575-377-3347 to find out how to purchase a T-Shirt or the Angel Fire Police Dept. at 575-377-3214 to find out how to purchase a Hat. 

Please visit https://castingforrecovery.org/about-casting-for-recovery/ for information about this Charity.

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