THINK PINK! Asian American Breast Cancer Awareness

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One of the most commonly diagnosed cancers for Asian-Americans today is breast cancer.  While it is true that Asian American women are less likely to get breast cancer than any other ethnic group in America, it is on the rise.  Here are some facts: According to American Cancer Society in 2012 about 226,870 new breast cancer cases will be diagnosed in women. Thats about 125.7 per 100,000 women. Among them 39,510 will die as the result of breast cancer. Female Breast Cancer by ethic group:

Asian American and Pacific Islander women White (non-Hispanic) women African American women
Incidence (new cases) 84.9 per 100,000 125.4 per 100,000 116.1 per 100,000
Mortality (deaths) 12.2 per 100,000 23.9 per 100,000 32.4 per 100,000

The new cases of breast cancer significantly increases for Asian woman living in America up to six-fold in as little as a decade according to Asian American Health Initiative. Regular, early and self screeningis the best way to lower your risk from dying from breast cancer. There are support groups for Asian Americans diagnosed

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with Breast cancer. In the Bay Area contact Asian American Cancer Support Network The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum My ACS provides free mammogram, Pap Smears, Colon Cancer screening (for NY residents 50 yrs and older), Hepatitis screening and vaccinations, and tabacco cessation programs for the Asian American Community in New York and New Jersey, to qualify for these programs please contact them directly.  NY (718) 886-8890 NJ (732) 951-6308 or You can show you support by becoming a partner or a sponsor:  go to Susan G. Komen Breast cancer affects us all.

There are no ethnic barriers, no gender barriers, no sexual orientation barriers.  It is true that breast cancer is usually found in women but we must not forget, men can also get breast cancer.  In 2012 alone the American Cancer Society estimates 2,190 new cases of breast cancer among men and 410 men will die from this disease.  So yes, men, you need to self screen.  Early detection will also lower your risk from dying from breast cancer.  For more information on men’s breast cancer go to Susan G. Komen facts for life.  Thank you Gerardo A. Rodriguez, for reminding me how important it is to remind everyone about Breast Cancer in men.

EVENTS: Race for the Cure

Join us for the 2012 Komen Hawai’i Race for the Cure®!

October 21, 2012 at Kapi’olani Park The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the largest series of 5k run/fitness walks in the world. You can run or walk the 5k route, with a team or as an individual.  All registration fees include the offical Komen Race for the Cure  T-shirt and Race bib. This year we celebrate our 18th Annual Hawai’i Race for the Cure:  Empowered @ 18 – Together, We Make A Difference!Walk Register to walk with us in either our 5K or one mile event. Run Register to run the Race in either our 5K or one mile event. Teams Register to walk or run by starting a Race team or joining an existing team. Fundraise Take your participation in the Race to the next level. Registration fees get us to the start line, but your fundraising helps to save ives and fund research. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to start! Fundraise, make a great impact and be rewarded. Survivors Whether you register to walk or run, if you indicate that you are a breast cancer survivor during registration you will receive a pink survivor T-shirt, hat and bib along with your Race T-shirt.  Be sure to take part in our Race Day Survivor Recognition Program generously sponsored by Zeta Tau Alpha. Volunteer Volunteers are an integral part of the Komen Organization. The Race for the Cure would not be possible without the help of hundreds of committed volunteers. Join an amazing group of individuals that dedicate their time, talent and energy to our great cause.


Komen Race for the Cure

Join us for the 2012 Komen Central Florida Race for the Cure at UCF’s Bright House Networks Stadium Race Date – Sunday, October 21, 2012, Race Starts @ 8:00AM Pre Race Pick up  Thursday, October 11th from 6pm – 9pm @ Dick’s Sporting Good’s 4615 Millenia Plaza Way Orlando, FL 32839 **Individuals Only – if registered by October 7th Saturday, October 13th from 8:30am – 2:30pm @ CenturyLink Regional HQ 555 Lake Border Dr. Apopka, FL 32703 *Individuals & Teams Packets – if registered by October 7th Saturday, October 20th from 10am – 4pm @ UCF – Bright House Stadium 4000 Central Florida Blvd. Orlando, FL 32816 **Individuals Only Race Day Pick up Sunday, October 21st from 6am – 8am @ UCF – Bright House Stadium 4000 Central Florida Blvd. Orlando, FL 32816 **Individuals Only Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Central Florida Affiliate and without their help on Race weekend and the commitment of the men and women on the Race Committee, the Central Florida Race for the Cure would not be the growing success it has been.  If you have any questions about the Race, please email The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Since its inception in 1983, the Komen Race for the Cure series has grown from one local Race with 800 participants to a global series of more than 140 Races with more than 1.6 million people expected to participate in 2012 in four continents. The Komen Race for the Cure is a unique event, designed and implemented to promote positive awareness, education and early detection of breast cancer. It has proved to be an enormously effective way to reach many women and men with the message that breast cancer is not necessarily fatal if mammography and breast self-exam become routine. As well as being a race for runners, the Komen Race for the Cure is an emotionally charged event that attracts many first timers and recreational runners. The Komen Race for the Cure is an opportunity for thousands of women, men and their families, running or walking, to spread the breast cancer message within our community. Up to 75 percent of the net proceeds raised at the Race remain here in Central Florida to provide breast cancer education, screening and treatment for for uninsured or underinsured women. The remaining 25 percent goes to fund national research to discover the causes of breast cancer and, ultimately, its cures. The Komen Central Florida Race for the Cure is the Central Florida Affiliate’s largest annual fundraiser. 


Race for the Cure®, 5k

Join us for the 2012 Komen San Diego Race for the Cure!  This 5k walk/run is on Sunday, November 4, at 8 a.m. in Balboa Park.

About the Race:

The Race for the Cure series raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement. It’s a time to celebrate survivors and their families while working toward the promise of ending breast cancer forever. The effectiveness of Komen San Diego’s mission is entirely dependent on our network of sponsors and volunteers. Money raised by Race participants helps expand access to lifesaving screening and treatment while providing funding for cutting-edge breast cancer research. For the past twenty years, Komen San Diego has provided tens of thousands of low-income women access to critical breast cancer screening and treatment. Our 360-degree approach is making a difference, with breast cancer mortality rates down and five-year survival rates up. We support survivors by removing barriers to lifesaving care while also investing in cutting-edge research. Every major advance in global breast cancer research in the last quarter century has been touched by Komen for the Cure dollars.

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2 responses to “THINK PINK! Asian American Breast Cancer Awareness

  1. Like a flower that unfolds
    you never know what beauty it will behold
    with a light fragrance that hovers in the wind
    moving so graceful and a smiling on a whim

    Intelligence galore
    but never on display
    their walk of life
    will never be found on broadway

    Honored and proud
    to call them beloved friend
    I shall be there when needed
    for the very end

    My wonderful and true
    asian friend are you
    by love and honor
    i will always give to you


    • Rochell that was the most beautiful words a friend has ever written or said to me. It was so beautiful, I choked up….I will alway be there for you too!!


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