Walk against breast cancer and Pink for October

More Filipino women are at risk. According to Philippine Breast Cancer Network (PBCN), the Philippines has the highest incidence rate of breast cancer in Asia and is considered to have the 9th highest incidence rate in the world.

A good friend and fellow member of Cebu Bloggers Society, Clarence, blogged about Moon walk: A walk against breast cancer. I was fascinated and it started a good online talk.

The walk against breast cancer will be on October 3, 2009 (starts at 5:30 PM) from Cebu Business Park grounds to Cebu IT Park. This walk for a cause is organized by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation (RAFI) through the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC).

Moon walk: A walk against breast cancer is just one of many activities this month. October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Similar activity called We Walk As One – Avon Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer 2009 spearheaded by Avon (a cosmetic company) will be held on October 4. Quennie Sanchez Bronce wrote about this in The Freeman. In another news article in Sun.Star Cebu, Avon’s anti-breast cancer campaign in Cebu, We Walk As One will benefit Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) and other select hospital in Cebu province.

October is also referred to as Pink October in recognition to Pink for October initiative. The Pink for October website says, the Pink for October campaign is about blog and website owners showing their support for breast cancer awareness by turning our sites pink for the month of October.

My online conversation with Clarence about breast cancer had soon prompted me to ask. Are men allowed to join this walk against cancer?

I was thinking that breast cancer only affected women. Clarence’s response was logical, he said, men have breast, too!

Yes, men can have breast cancer, too! I checked online resources and was surprised to find out that breast cancer can also happen to men. Although male breast cancer is a rare condition, accounting for only about 1% of all breast cancers, according to MedicineNet.com.

Clarence was right. Men also have breast tissue that can undergo cancerous changes. While women are about 100 times more likely to get breast cancer, any man can develop breast cancer, MayoClinic.com notes.

Breast cancer has become everybody’s concern especially in the Philippines where there is high incidence of breast cancer. This also concerns men. After all, men’s mother, wife, sisters are women.

Men’s involvement against breast cancer is gaining impact. There is non-profit organization called, Men Against Breast Cancer based in Maryland (USA), that advocates men’s involvement in helping women in their battle against breast cancer.

Everyone is encouraged to get involved. This concerns women and this also concerns men who love and care for women. Our support to walk against breast cancer is a very significant help in our efforts to fight this disease.

Is it alright for men to wear pink? Why not?

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