If you get an inspection from Boggs Inspection Services anytime during the entire month of October, you might notice a little something different about your inspector. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Dwayne and his team at Boggs Inspection Services have joined the Real Men Wear Pink Thurston County Campaign for the American Cancer Society. The team will be wearing pink to draw attention to this health issue that impacts so many. But that’s not all, in addition to drawing awareness, $10 from every inspection completed in October will be donated to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research and treatment through the campaign.
“Everyone we know has either been affected by breast cancer or knows someone who has,” says Dwayne. “I have personal and business relationships with people who are currently battling breast cancer.” Cancer has a ripple effect, though the individual is diagnosed, cancer affects whole communities. The first ripple is the spouses, parents and children. Then the ripple extends outward, affecting friends and coworkers and eventually society as a whole. Dwayne is proud to lead his team in a ripple effect of their own, a ripple of awareness and donations that will help researchers and health care professionals to fight breast cancer and win. “If we all work together, we can fight cancer smarter, better and harder than ever before,” then he smiles and adds, “plus, I look great in pink!”
“We are thrilled to have Dwayne join us for the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign,” says Nichole Woolsey senior community development manager for the American Cancer Society. “Cancer is personal, it is our neighbors, family members, friends and coworkers being diagnosed. Dwayne has joined us to spread awareness, educate our community and to raise money. The American Cancer Society is a volunteer led organization. Having leaders like Dwayne partner with us shows the community that we are all leading this fight together.”
The money raised during the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign goes to lifesaving research such as the research that discovered the BRCA gene mutation and Tamoxifen—an effective treatment for some types of breast cancers. It also goes to local free services for patients. These services include rides to treatment with Road to Recovery, free lodging when traveling for treatment with American Cancer Society lodging partners, free wigs, and peer to peer support, to name a few.
“If anyone needs our services, they can call our national organization’s toll-free number, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 1-800-227-2345,” says Woolsey.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women—only lung cancer kills more women each year. About 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States and about 62,930 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed in the United States. CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer. Tragically, about 41,760 women will die from breast cancer. The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 38 or about 2.6 percent.
In recent years, incidence rates of breast cancer have increased slightly, by 0.4 percent per year. But the good news is death rates from female breast cancer dropped 40 percent from 1989 to 2016. Since 2007, breast cancer death rates have been steady in women younger than 50, but have continued to decrease in older women. The decrease in rates might be because more breast cancer is being found earlier as a result of better screening and increased awareness, in addition to better treatment options. Currently, there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. This includes those still being treated and those who have completed treatment. Though breast cancer is primarily a women’s disease, it’s important to remember that men can be diagnosed with breast cancer too. You can still help out the Boggs Team raise funds in October, even if you don’t plan to have a home or property inspected. Simply go to Dwayne’s page on the Real Men Wear Pink of Thurston County webpage, and pledge your donation to help the Boggs team reach their goal of $2,500. You can also mail your donation check along with this form.