By Heather Mullinix
Every two minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
"Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States, and is among one of the leading causes of cancer death in U.S. women," said Pauline Sherrer, Chronicle publisher and herself a breast cancer survivor. "But early detection and improvements in breast cancer treatments are saving lives and helping more women, and men, become survivors."
October is traditionally known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month, the Crossville Chronicle will be featuring area women who have bravely fought breast cancer, sharing their personal stories of triumph. In addition, the newspaper is asking all businesses and residents of the community to help Paint Cumberland County Pink Oct. 18.
Community members are encouraged to participate by fundraising for an official breast cancer research and awareness organization, wearing pink or decorating their home, business, yard or vehicle with pink.
"Whether you've tied a pink ribbon to your car or you've donned a pink hat on that day, use that as an opportunity to share with others the risk factors for breast cancer, being female and getting older," Sherrer said. "Encourage women to talk to their doctors about their risks and to get appropriate screenings."
A Facebook page has been set up at www.Facebook.com/paintcumberlandpink for the community to share photos of their pink decorations and clothing, and to also share their own personal stories and words of encouragement to women in the community.
The hope is to make Paint Cumberland County Pink an annual event during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
For more information, you may contact Heather Mullinix at email@example.com. To learn more about breast cancer, visit www.KomenUpperCumberland.org or www.Cancer.org/BreastCancer.