Conejo Valley Community Steps Out to End Breast Cancer

Hundreds of community members took part in “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” during the recent walk to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to end breast cancer. The largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks unite communities with a shared determination to help free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer.

Passionate walk participants raise critical funds that enable the American Cancer Society to fund innovative research, provide free information and support to anyone touched by breast cancer, and help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a noncompetitive, inspirational event that raises awareness and funds to end breast cancer and provide hope to ensure no one faces breast cancer alone. Since 1993, more than 12 million supporters have raised more than $750 million nationwide. Last year, 600 walkers in East Ventura County helped to raise more than $43,000. And even more walkers turned out for this year’s event.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 37. Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment. Right now there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

When breast cancer is found early, it can be easier to treat. If you are 40 or older, talk to your doctor about the screening plan that’s best for you and report any breast changes right away. Sign up for our breast cancer screening reminder and we’ll remind you to receive your screening; recommended screenings are based on our latest early detection guidelines.

“As we join with others in the Making Strides walk, we move one step closer to a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer,” said Monica Murrietta Senior Community Manager. “From research to education, prevention to diagnosis, and treatment to recovery, we provide support to everyone impacted by breast cancer.”

The Thousand Oaks Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk took place in September at the Thousand Oaks Civic Center Plaza Park.

For more information, visit MakingStridesWalk.org/ThousandOaks 
or call the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345.