Group gathers to share breast cancer stories
Oct 24, 2011
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is a perfect time for survivors of the disease to get together and support each other. The Sisters of Greater Long Island gathered this past Monday night to share their stories and help each other fight the disease, according to the Farmingdale Patch.
"I feel like my story will be able to help someone else, especially younger women say, 'You know what, if this happened to her, then maybe it could happen to me too. Let me go get a sonogram,' [that] it's not just an older woman disease," LaKesha Jackson, who was diagnosed at 31, told the news source.
Breast cancer survivors or those who are currently suffering from the disease may want to find support groups in their own towns.
According to the American Cancer Society, the disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women behind lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breast cancer breakthrough news. There are currently 2.5 million survivors in the U.S.