BIG CYPRESS — One in eight women will get breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Indian Cancer Foundation. And the group says American Indians face inequities in the incidence of cancer and in the rate of mortality.
To bring awareness to breast cancer and recognize cancer survivors, Tribal members in Big Cypress came out to an informational event on Oct. 18.
Wear Pink Day organizer Jamie Diersing, health educator at the Big Cypress Wellness Center, set up an information table near the entrance to the senior center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The information Diersing distributed, along with pink bracelets and other items, included what the increased risks of breast cancer are and what people can do to decrease the risk.
Increased risks include genetics, family history and age, among other markers. Things people can do to lower risks include weight control, mammograms and breast exams, exercise and limiting alcohol consumption.
At about noon, several Tribal members, their families and other supporters gathered for a ‘pink out picture’ – most were wearing pink.
The Big Cypress Wellness Center is a resource for those who want more information about breast cancer and other health issues. The center can be reached at (863) 983-5798. More information is available online.