October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an annual campaign to remind woman the first line of defense is self exams and to get their annual mammograms.  October is also a time to increase knowledge and awareness of breast cancer.  This goes for men too.

According to the American Cancer Society, every 2 minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer -- that’s everything from mild to the deadliest form: invasive breast cancer.

Specialists predict this year an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States and 2,350 new cases will be diagnosed in men.  It's clear we have a long way to go, but there is some good news.

The American Cancer Society reports breast cancer deaths are down 34% since 1990 and today there's 6 million breast cancer survivors worldwide!  Breast cancer has touched us all in one way or another.  Some our family members and friends are fighting the disease right now. Though many have lost their battle, we can celebrate their lives and offer hope to those living with breast cancer now.

Join us as we continue the fight at the Ethel Precht Breast Cancer Walk on October 17 at the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles.  Help raise awareness, and funds for women in Calcasieu Parish living with the disease.  Registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by a brief warm-up and ceremony and the walk will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Today is the last day to get your t-shirt early.  For more info on t-shirts or questions about the walk call (337) 905-0327.  To register online and get a t-shirt click here.