Breast cancer isn’t just about pink ribbons anymore. Despite the common perception that women are only affected by breast cancer, thousands of men are also diagnosed with the disease each year.
In fact, approximately 2,190 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men in 2012, according to the American Cancer Society. In addition, approximately 410 men will die from breast cancer this year. A Pledge invites men in the community, corporate leaders, political figures and entrepreneurs to step up and pledge to raise awareness for breast cancer by supporting the 11th Annual Twin Cities Breast Cancer Awareness Conference alongside their spouse, sister, daughter or mother.
The conference is set for Saturday, Oct. 6 in St. Paul.
Short‐List of Men who have taken the pledge:
Ronald I. Meshbesher, Meshbesher and Spence
Allen Witcher, Managing Partner, The Capital Grille
Steve Jahn, Vice President & Publisher of Finance and Commerce Magazine Brian Goff, CEO at Lowry Isles Realty
Harvey Friedenson, Attorney at Law ‐ Harvey Law Firm
Kevin Barr, Director of Automation & Hardware Engineering, Rudolph Technologies
Ben S. Jaffray ‐ Member of Advisory Board, Mercanti Group, LLC
The Breast Cancer Awareness Association has also received proclamations from Governor Mark Dayton, Mayor R.T. Rybak and Mayor Chris Coleman.
Participating in the conference and making this pledge can also empower men who sometimes feel like they stand by and helplessly watch the women they love deal with the disease. Men can choose to sponsor someone less fortunate in order to do their part to prevent losing more people to breast cancer. While much attention has been paid to breast cancer research, this conference differentiates itself by empowering breast cancer patients, survivors and their families by providing information necessary when making some of life’s most crucial decisions.
Breast cancer knows no boundaries and this conference will allow attendees to learn about breast cancer detection, prevention, treatment and support resources. Because today there is no proven cure, there is no one certain, infallible path, but getting all of the information possible is a great way to empower patients to make informed decisions.
With the commitment of 100 men, it will increase attendance by a minimum of 200 people and raise awareness of breast cancer enormously while saving lives through education.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: 11th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Education Conference
WHEN: Saturday, October 6 from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Boulevard Saint Paul, Minn.