Breast Cancer Awareness

October is recognized as ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month.’ The American Cancer Society (ACS) hosted kick-off events with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, in communities all across the country, to raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer. Funds raised through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer have helped do the following:

  • Fund Breast Cancer Research grants totaling more than $64 million.
  • Provide Transportation programs where more than 480,000 rides to treatment have been provided.
  • Create Hope Lodge where more than 470,000 nights of free lodging was provided.
  • Form Patient Navigators where more than 34,000 patients were served.
  • 24/7 Cancer Hotline

Getting regular mammogram screenings is very important because it can often detect breast cancer early. Mammograms are not exclusive to women either. According to a 2019 report by, there are approximately 266,120 cases of non-invasive breast cancer this year in American women. Although men do develop breast cancer, less than 1% of all new cases occur in men. Still, approximately 2,550 cases will be diagnosed in American men this year.

Music Executive Mathew Knowles, and father of singer, songwriter, and actress Beyonce, recently announced his stage 1A breast cancer diagnosis in July. He underwent a mastectomy in July and is scheduled to have the other breast removed in January to reduce his risk. According to a New York Times article by Derrick Bryson Taylor, studies reveal how the BRCA2 gene mutation places men at a higher risk for prostate cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer and melanoma. Thank goodness for Mr. Knowles’ being proactive and bringing awareness to an ailment that most men would be too embarrassed to talk about. Wishing you Godspeed and a full recovery Mr. Knowles!

Low-cost Programs – Mammograms are covered by almost all insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid. Some doctors, hospitals, and clinics may lower their fees for those who can’t afford the usual charge (ranging between $80 to $120). To learn about low-cost programs where you live, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

On October 26, 2019, my team and I will be participating in the Making Strides (3-5 mile) Walk in the Michigan area, in support of Breast Cancer Survivors, and the fight against Breast Cancer. To find an event near you, go to and sign up.

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Kimberly Richardson, Founder

About krich

Kimberly is a retired City of Detroit Real Property Appraiser who raised two successful young men with her husband of 26 years. After caring for her ailing mother who lost her battle to Alzheimer's Disease, Kimberly embarked on a journey of discovery of all the things she enjoyed; from traveling to enrolling in a hospitality course and exploring her love for culinary, catering/event hosting. and her passion for learning about people and their life's journey. She has a special affinity to her 50 and older generation, particularly as it relates to their spiritual & physical well-being, and overall quality of life. After having endured the harsh reality of ageism that is widely practiced, Kimberly hopes to inspire others to keep pushing, keep learning, keep growing and not let age keep you from living your Best Life! Through her blog and website, she invites you to share your season of promise, praise, and perseverance!


  1. Thank you for covering breast cancer awareness this month. So many people are being affected by cancer. I lost my mom and granddad from cancer. It is my hope that more people will continue to support the cause. Many blessings to you!!

    1. So sorry for your loss Charlotte! And Yes, we must continue to support efforts to cure and stay abreast of factors and conditions that may help curtail it’s rise!.

      Blessings to you also!!!


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