Susan G. Komen Essay

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Powerfully Pink: The Story of Susan G. Komen Rory Douthard BA507 July 12, 2014 John Troutman In the United States, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death amongst women. There are over 200,000 new cases reported each year, and so many more that go unreported. Unfortunately, approximately 40,000 women die of this disease, mainly because it was detected too late to change the prognosis. Even with early detection and treatment, which can lead to a positive outcome, breast cancer is more often detected once it has spread to other vital organs, which makes it harder to fight. This trend generally happens with the younger demographic, particularly in younger patients who are premenopausal and don’t have a good understanding of the disease. Every year in this country, educational activities and studies are conducted to bring awareness to breast cancer, especially during the month of October. However, there is continuing widespread ignorance about breast cancer regardless of how many studies have been conducted. Currently, there is no formal program in place to promote breast cancer awareness amongst high school and college students, so they are left to get their information from women in their lives. If there were programs in place, it could foster early detection and good habit forming as it pertains to self-examinations. (Joslyn, 2010) For the reasons I have stated above, I have decided to do my research paper on Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., a well-known non-profit breast cancer awareness organization. The organization was named for Susan Goodman Komen, who was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1943. At the age of 33, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and died of the disease at age 36 in 1980. Komen's younger sister, Nancy Goodman Brinker, who believed that Susan's outcome might have been better if patients knew more about

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