22News is going pink for breast cancer awareness

1 out of 8 women will develop breast cancer

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) –  Millions of Americans and people across the world are affected by breast cancer every year. It is the second leading cause of death among women, with approximately one in eight women being diagnosed at some point during their lifetime.

There is a good chance you or someone you know has a connection to this disease and wearing pink is a way to show support in beating it. Springfield resident Darlene Savage told 22News that “I always try to find something pink every year. I buy something to support the cause and I have a relative that died of breast cancer, so I’m always trying to do something for it.”

While breast cancer is frequent, it is very treatable. Three million people are survivors and you increase your chances of survival with early detection. In general, breast surgeons begin screenings around 40-years-old. You should have discussions with your primary doctor on how often you should be screened.

22News has partnered with Cooley Dickinson Health Care to remind our viewers of the importance of early detection; which can make all the difference in successful treatment. For more information about mammography, the best way to find breast cancer in its earliest stages, click here.