Tribune plans to honor breast cancer stories

The Tribune Chronicle again this year wishes to profile local heroes who battled or overcame breast cancer, and honor the memories of those lost, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

The idea is to put a human face on this disease, to help those diagnosed by hearing voices of those who have experienced the journey, and to spotlight therapies and support that helped.

The American Cancer Society says one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during the course of their lives.

Breast cancer accounts for 14.6 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the state, second only to lung and bronchus cancer at 15 percent, according to the Ohio Department of Health. It is responsible for 7.2 percent of all cancer deaths, third behind lung and bronchus deaths (28.3 percent) and colon and rectum cancer deaths (8.6 percent), and just ahead of pancreas cancer deaths (7 percent).

In 2015, the most recent reporting year, 122.1 out of every 100,000 women in Trumbull County were diagnosed with breast cancer, according to age-adjusted statistics from the Ohio Department of Health. That’s slightly better than the state average of 127.9 cases for every 100,000 women.

Breast cancer claimed 22.8 lives for every 100,000 women in Trumbull County, nearly identical to the state average of 22.7 deaths for every 100,000 women.

Nationally, 123.6 of every 100,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 20.9 of every 100,000 died of breast cancer, according to the latest statistics from the American Cancer Society.

The cold statistics can be scary. But sharing your stories and what worked for you will help other women and their families as they walk through this unwanted journey.

To share your story, or to honor someone and tell how they inspired you during struggles and triumph with breast cancer, send a brief description to Features Editor Burton Cole at bcole@tribtoday.com, or by mail to 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren 44483.

A few of the nominees will be profiled in Tribune Chronicle publications throughout October.

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