‘Cats Care: Breast Cancer Awareness
DAVIDSON, N.C. — In the midst of Atlantic 10 Conference play, the Davidson women’s basketball program continues its work off the court by beginning its fourth social justice campaign of the season today. In coalition with their season-long advocacy efforts, the Wildcats will be raising awareness about breast cancer through the Kay Yow Cancer Fund this week.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is an organization dedicated to fulfilling legendary women’s basketball coach Kay Yow’s legacy, in an effort to support advanced research, extend the quality of life for those battling cancer, serve the underserved and unite people. With this organization, the Wildcats have created a team that is registering participants for the 2021 Celebration Run/Walk and will educate the community on the work that the Kay Yow Cancer Fund does daily. To get involved or register for the event, visit support.kayyow.com/Davidson.
Facts about breast cancer:
- Approximately 1 in 8 women (13%) will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 39 women (3%) will die from breast cancer.
- In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to have been diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 48,530 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
- For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, next to lung cancer.
- A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.
- Early detection is critical as women who get regularly screened for breast cancer have a 47% lower risk of dying from the disease compared to those who don’t.
Resources to learn more about breast cancer and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund:
- The Kay Yow Cancer Fund (https://kayyow.com/about/coach-kay-yow/)
- BreastCancer.org (https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc)
- Breast Cancer Network Australia (https://www.bcna.org.au/)
- National Breast Cancer Foundation (https://nbcf.org.au/)
- McGrath Foundation (https://www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au/)