Fundraiser for breast cancer raises $56,000

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By Lauren Giordano, 15 Oct 2006

More than 500 walkers recently participated in the Community Walk for Breast Cancer, which raised more than $56,000.

The fourth annual walk, sponsored by the Miles for Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, took place Oct. 8 at Locust Grove on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie. Participants included those fighting breast cancer, friends and family, and 75 survivors.
The Miles for Hope Breast Cancer Foundation provides funding for support services for people affected by breast cancer.

"We were thrilled to see so many survivors, like me, walking with us," said Dana Effron, co-founder of the foundation. "These people were in all stages of recovery and we saluted them during the day's festivities."

"The Community Walk is intended to honor those who have been treated for breast cancer and to remember those who are no longer with us," Effron said. "Its purpose is to bring awareness to the disease and the fact that women need to have mammograms at least once a year."

The National Cancer institute and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends women in their forties and older should have mammograms every one to two years.

With the exception of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, said Cathy Varunok, co-founder of the foundation. In 2006, an estimated 247,900 new cases will be diagnosed nationally, she added. In Dutchess County, the average is 220 per year.

Varunok said the survival rate for breast cancer has increased in the past 10 years.

"The simple explanation for the increase is that we're finding it and then treating it in the earlier stages."

Besides having a mammogram once a year, regular clinical breast examinations by a trained medical professional and monthly self-exams should be done as an early detection plan.

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