February's Charge for a Cure: Breast Cancer

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Charge for a Cure Initiative

PHILADELPHIA - You can help the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team in the fight against breast cancer this month. February is the fourth month in the program's five-month long Charge for a Cure initiative. All donations throughout the month will go towards Susan G. Komen for the cure® and the fight against breast cancer.

Penn's annual Pink Zone game is Feb. 12 against Columbia. All proceeds from ticket sales, raffles, and t-shirt sales will be donated to Penn's Rena Rowan Breast Center at the Abramson Cancer Center. Click here for complete information on the Pink Zone game festivities.

The Penn women's basketball team began the Charge for a Cure to help raise awareness as well as funds for several debilitating diseases. For complete information on Charge for the Cure and to participate in the initiative, click here.

About Breast Cancer

Worldwide, breast cancer comprises 10.4% of all cancer incidence among women, making it the most common type of non-skin cancer in women and the fifth most common cause of cancer death. In 2004, breast cancer caused 519,000 deaths worldwide, 7% of cancer deaths and almost 1% of all deaths. Breast cancer is about 100 times more common in women than in men, although males tend to have poorer outcomes due to delays in diagnosis. The lifetime risk for breast cancer in the United States is usually given as 1 in 8 with a 1 in 35 chance of death.

Who is at risk?
All women are at risk for breast cancer. Risk factors include being a woman, getting older, inheriting the mutated gene, family history of breast, ovarian or prostate cancer, never having children and starting menopause after age 55. Men can get breast cancer, too. One out of a hundred cases will occur in a man. The best way to find breast cancer early is to get screened. Talk to your health care provider about what screening tests are right for you.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested nearly $1.5 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, they are working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, and generous contributions from partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, they have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

Please join the women's basketball team as it looks to make a difference in the lives of the people that this disease affects every day. To join the team in Charge for a Cure, or for more information, contact assistant coach Kara Cassidy at karacass@upenn.edu.