Even though National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, breast cancer patients still face the disease day in and day out. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and the Boston Health Public Commission launched a campaign in 2005 that focuses on spreading breast cancer awareness
to women of color. Workshops and support groups are held so those who suffer from the disease don't feel abandoned once the month ends, according to The Boston Globe.
Marilyn Simmons felt as though she was alone once the month ended in 2007 when she was first diagnosed. Now she's helping with the Pink and Black campaign, and educating as many people as possible, the media outlet reports.
"Don't feel sorry for yourself. Breast cancer doesn't mean a death sentence. It is a hard battle, but you need a strong determination and fighting spirit - and you can fight it," Simmons told the news source.
According to the American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breast cancer health news. There are currently 2.5 million survivors of breast cancer in the U.S.