The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, October 16, 2012:
The good news is that breast cancer deaths have decreased by 33% in the U.S. since 1990, according to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.
The bad news is that Alabama has the fourth highest breast cancer mortality rate for women ages 18 to 44 in the U.S. If a woman in Alabama, under the age of 40 is diagnosed with breast cancer, she has a 50 percent higher risk of dying from breast cancer than her counterparts across the country.
Our state doesn't have a program in place to serve uninsured/ low-income women under the age of 40 who are experiencing breast health problems and are need of mammograms.
The funds from The North Central Alabama Komen Race for the Cure's 5K are heavily invested in our region, providing community grants and funding breast cancer research. Mammograms have been provided for 1,863 women in need.
While great strides have been made to reduce breast cancer deaths, we can't slow our efforts to defeat this awful disease. Please support the Komen North Central Alabama Race for the Cure on October 20th. The race begins at 9 am in Linn Park in Birmingham.
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