Women in pink pajamas raise money to fight breast cancer

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The 67-year-old music executive made a decision to share he had been diagnosed with breast cancer to mark the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month, which runs throughout October but has since revealed he is now cancer-free after having three lymph nodes removed.

The event supports breast cancer awareness and prevention.

"If you aren't suspecting it", he tells them, "you're maybe going to overlook symptoms in the breast area a little while longer whether it be distortion of the nipple breast area, or pain or a lump".

There has been controversy in recent years over breast cancer screening guidelines, but the Prevent Cancer Foundation® and many other health organizations still encourage women of average risk to begin annual screening at age 40 for the best chance of detecting cancer early, when successful treatment is more likely. Christopher "Kip" Bateman, R-16th, Somerset County Freeholder Director Brian Levine, Deidre Blaus, vice president of the Steeplechase Cancer Care Center at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center/Somerset and Ron Kennedy from the Far Hills Race Meeting Association, which raises money for cancer research at the annual Far Hills Race Meeting, held this year October 19th in Far Hills. The Ministry of Health has been running the mammography programme for 25 years. The 5K run/walk typically takes place in October coinciding with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is rare cancer to form in male breast tissue, but as per statistics, even though men are at 100 times less risk than women, the lifetime risk for breast cancer in males is around 1 in 1,000.

Dr Herron continued: "Breast cancer touches lots of lives and many of us have a family member or friend who has been diagnosed".

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"We never ask anything like that", Reyes said.

Fine-McCarthy said the SWIM is there for everyone who needs help. "Then they are out of work for months for surgery and treatment and they have a mortgage, utilities, vehicle payments and taxes to pay".

Money raised is used to fund research and support programs for patients and their families.

"It's a disease that not only affects the person diagnosed, but their loved ones as well", said Nick Hatten, a Marshall University junior and child of a breast cancer survivor.

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