We at Generation Opportunity are taking a few days out of focusing solely on pressing national economic issues, such as record unemployment, to focus on an issue that will affect 1 out of 8 women directly in her lifetime – breast cancer.
Many female historical and pop icons, role models, mothers, sisters, and friends have been impacted by the tragedy and life-altering reality of breast cancer.
And while breast cancer is more prevalent with women ages 50 and older, certain genetic mutations can put some young women at a high risk. Until more is known about breast cancer and prevention, early detection and treatment offer the best defense against the disease.
Women as early as 20 years old should get clinical breast exams every 3 years into their 30’s, according to the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society also recommends breast self-examinations for women in their 20’s. Most doctors believe that early detection helps save thousands of lives every year, and even more would be saved if more women took advantage of these tests.
As a service to the millions of young women who are either fans of our Facebook pages, those with whom we met in person across the country, or their loved ones and friends, we encourage you to “GO Pink” – get tested and share our “GO Pink” image to bring awareness to those you care for most and to honor the women who have fought this silent killer with bravery and courage.
Amber S. Roseboom, Executive Vice President and the full team at Generation Opportunity