According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women are at risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), the women of the Remarkable Rho Xi Zeta Chapter joined their sorors in collecting wigs for the American Cancer Society. The Wigs for Awareness initiative of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. collects new wigs or monetary donations. The chapter designated personnel/locations for wig drop-off, and collected funds via PayPal. The proceeds of Wigs for Awareness assist women affected with appearance-related issues of breast cancer. A few of the remarkable women also participated in a “Glow the Mall Pink,” 5K fun run in Kennesaw, GA. To show their support, the chapter sported pink and blue outfits at the October Chapter meeting.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month did not exist until 1985, when the American Cancer Society collaborated with the AstraZeneca Foundation and a variety of other sponsors. Partners and sponsors included public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies. The aim was and remains the promotion of awareness of breast cancer and associated issues, primarily the importance of early detection through mammography. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, following skin cancer. It is also the second leading cause of death among women (higher rates for African American women), following lung cancer. The good news is that the incident and death rates have stabilized over the past 10 years, but more work is needed in the area of prevention. #remarkablezetas