JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It's a scary statistic. 1 in every 8 women will develop breast cancer at one point in their life. The disease can take a toll on mental and physical health, but some organizations in Region 8 are ready to defeat breast cancer.
Saturday, members of the St. Bernard's Pink Warrior Race for the Cure team were out signing people up for the race, which will be in downtown Little Rock on October 11, 2008. The race is to raise awareness of breast cancer and hopefully, one day, find a cure.
"I signed up and I donate all the time too because my mother was a breast cancer survivor", said Glenda Ozier.
The Pink Warriors are teaming up with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to bring more attention to this potentially deadly disease. "Over 45,000 participants last year in Little Rock and if you think about that many people coming together for one cause, it's just a great feeling," said Dee Collins, team captain of the St. Bernard's Pink Warriors.
Collins said, "The first thing you need to do is contact your physician. Let them go in and check this out and do a clinical breast exam. Find out some of the history of this area, how long it's been there and then from there they can order a mammogram, breast ultrasound, or whatever is needed from that point.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from the disease. More than 200,000 people were diagnosed with breast cancer last year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not only is breast cancer detected in women, it's also found in men, although less often.