The big oak tree at Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka has been the focus of many awareness campaigns through the years, and this month, the GFWC Wewahitchka Woman's Club members return to the big oak tree to "Pink the Park" for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You will also see pink ribbons throughout Wewahitchka on power poles and trees as a reminder that now is the time to take steps to diagnose and prevent breast cancer. 

     One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.

     Each year, it is estimated that over 246,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 40,000 will die. The statistics are grim. And although breast cancer is rare in men, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. 

     On a positive note, over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today, thanks in part to awareness campaigns such as this, and certainly from getting the recommended screening tests, before any symptoms develop. 

     Do self exams regularly. Talk to your doctor. Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year. Many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests.

     The GFWC Wewahitchka Woman's Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. central time at the Glad Tidings Church Fellowship Hall in Wewahitchka. If you would like to be a part of the exciting and enriching programs and projects coming up, please join us at our next meeting.