2,000+ Walkers to Make Strides Against Breast Cancer this Sunday, Oct. 20th, in Downtown Topeka

The American Cancer Society urges Kansans to help finish the fight against breast cancer by signing up to walk in the fourth annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, to be held Sunday, Oct. 20, in downtown Topeka. Individuals and teams may register online at www.makingstridestopeka.org or by calling 785.438.5608. There is no registration fee to participate, but walkers are encouraged to raise $100 or more to help the Society fund life-saving breast cancer research as well as provide free programs and services to breast cancer patients and caregivers.

4th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 Capitol Grounds in Downtown Topeka Registration & Activities begin at 12 p.m. Walk starts at 1 p.m.

“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer unites us all to walk together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer,” says Amy Kralicek, Society community manager. “Making Strides walkers and supporters can be proud that their efforts are helping more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors living in the U.S. celebrate another birthday this year.”

This year, the Society estimates 2,160 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in Kansas and 360 Kansas women will die from the disease. One of every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer turns to the Society for help and support. Making Strides enables the American Cancer Society to provide free resources and programs to these women, as well as fund groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat and cure breast cancer and ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities to finish the fight. This event also supports the American Cancer Society’s unique mission to end breast cancer and save lives by helping people stay well by reducing breast cancer risk or finding it early; helping people get well by providing information and support during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

Sponsors of this year’s Making Strides event include Sam’s Club, Dillon’s, Ed Bozarth Chevrolet, WIBW TV and WIBW Radio.

To support the cause, donations may be made online at www.makingstridestopeka.org. For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society anytime day or night at 800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month The American Cancer Society has been saving lives for 100 years and is urging women during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to join in the fight to end breast cancer once and for all. The Society estimates that more than 230,000 new cases of breast cancer and more than 40,000 deaths from breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the U.S. in 2013.

“The American Cancer Society has played a role in nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough in recent history, and we encourage all women to take steps every day to stay well from breast cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, and limiting alcohol intake,” said Jill Sittenauer, Society regional communications director. “Thanks in part to the progress we’re making together, death rates from breast cancer have dropped by 33% since the early 1990s. This translates to 184,000 lives saved that would have otherwise been lost to breast cancer.”

The Society helped establish mammography as the standard to find breast cancer early and recommends that women 40 and older have a yearly mammogram and clinical breast exam. Also, the Society recommends that women ages 20 to 39 receive a clinical breast exam at least once every three years.

Today, one in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to the Society for help. Services include: • 24-hour information line at 800-227-2345 and website, cancer.org/fightbreastcancer • Free rides to and from cancer treatments • Lodging assistance at Society Hope Lodges across the country as well as guest rooms at local hotels • Support and information through Reach to Recovery volunteer visits from trained breast cancer survivors • Free wigs, hats and turbans

In addition, the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN), continues to fight back against breast cancer by working to increase funding for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) that provides low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women access to mammograms and Pap tests. Current funding enables the program to serve less than one in five eligible women ages 40 to 64 nationwide.

About the American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress, nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more.

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