The event will unite communities to honor breast cancer survivors, help people take steps to reduce breast cancer risk, and raise funds to support research. Check in starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.
RUSM's relationship with the American Cancer Society began earlier this year in support of College Relay for Life events and the medical school is exploring how to further join the fight against cancer through the following initiatives:
- Community Engagement: Provide health education and screenings in underserved communities.
- Colorectal Cancer Prevention: Support the American Cancer Society's national effort to increase the screening rate for colorectal cancer to 80 percent for adults ages 50 and older by 2018. The "80% by 2018" initiative is led by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, which is an alliance of more than 140 organizations that have made a commitment to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health problem. For more info, visit: nccrt.org.
- Extramural Research and Training: Pursue several opportunities for beginning investigators to apply for research and training via the American Cancer Society's Extramural Grants Program.
The American Cancer Society reports that breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancer, and there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States today. Many studies have shown that finding breast cancer early can help save lives and provide more treatment options.
Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org/breastcancer to learn more about breast cancer risk factors, early detection and treatment.