Currently, one in eight U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and nearly 40,000 will die from the disease this year. But thanks to increased early detection and treatment advances, the mortality rate for cancer has dropped 30 percent in the past two decades.
Throughout October, Roswell Park Cancer Institute will mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month by spreading the word, through a series of events and educational presentations, about the impact that early detection and research can have. Events include:
•BJ's Pink Picnic, Thursday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m., BJ's Wholesale Club, 5183 Transit Road, Clarence. Look for Proctor & Gamble products marked with a pink ribbon during October at BJ's locations. A percent of sales of these items will be donated to RPCI and 12 other cancer centers. Kickoff picnic to feature food, gift bags and a presentation by RPCI guest speaker Dr. Shicha Kumar. RSVP online at http://www.bjsforpink.com.
•Star 102.5 Pink Party, Thursday, Oct. 11, 6 to 9 p.m., Statler City, 107 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Join Star 102.5 FM for the second "Pink Party" to benefit breast cancer research at Roswell Park. Event features cocktails, light appetizers and gift bags, plus a musical performance by Tristan Prettyman. Tickets, $20, are available at http://www.mystar1025.com or $30 at the door.
•Bills Tailgate Party, Sunday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Big Tree Inn, 4277 Abbott Road, Orchard Park. WGRF-FM 97 Rock and RPCI are co-hosting a tailgate party before the Bills-Titans game. Help us turn Ralph Wilson Stadium pink. Stop by to get your RPCI "eye black" under-eye glarestrips and pink ponchos.
•WBEN Breast Cancer Q&A, Saturday, Oct. 27, noon until 2 p.m. Four experts from Roswell Park will be in the WBEN NewsRadio 930 AM studios to take your calls about breast cancer — on everything from diet and preventive screenings to advanced surgical techniques. Manning the phones will be doctors Ermelinda Bonaccio, Stephen Edge, Kilian May and Kirsten Moysich. Call in live at 716-803-0930, *930 from a mobile phone, or toll-free at 800-616-WBEN (800-616-9236). Or submit a question at http://www.roswellpark.org/awareness.
•Managing Lymphedema: CancerConnect Web Chat, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. Dr. Stephen Edge, breast center medical director and chief of breast surgery at RPCI, and Kathleen Fassl, PT, co-director of RPCI's lymphedema management services program, will discuss and field questions about lymphedema — why it occurs, management strategies and more. To submit your questions ahead of time or pre-register (not required), go to http://cancerconnect.com/rpci-lymphedema-webchat.
Plus, throughout October, buy a brick on the "Pink Wall of Hope" at Chef's Restaurant, 291 Seneca St., Buffalo, and you will be entered to win a pink Schwinn scooter, courtesy of 97 Rock and Bob Weaver Motorsports. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research at Roswell Park. Bricks, which can be signed with your name or the name of a loved one, can be purchased for $20 at Chef's Restaurant or for $25 at http://www.wallofhope.org.
The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. For more information, visit RPCI's website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email [email protected].