Does Breast Cancer Awareness Month Crowd out Discussion of other Health Threats?
Research shows heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death among women, but breast cancer grabs the headlines, especially in October. Are we neglecting a major health risk to women?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and all across metro Atlanta, events are being held to raise money and recognition of this major health risk to women.
In Sandy Springs, bicyclists will be participating in an over Oct. 13-14 called the 24 Hours Of Booty Bike Ride. On Oct. 18, Brookhaven's Taryn Reed Jewelry & Loving Local will host a girls night out shopping event, where a portion of proceeds will benefit research through www.keep-a-breast.org.
And in Buckhead and Virginia-Highland, Van Michael Salon and the Pink Heels Foundation are offering a variety of specials and deals through October.
Almost every metro Atlanta community has extensive resources and support groups for women whose lives have been touched by the disease, from Black Girls Run in the Cascade and southwest Atlanta neighborhoods to groups that meet regularly in Dunwoody.
Some people have wearied of the number of events and promotions during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and some worry that it takes too much attention away from discussing other serious health risks.
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