Listen up! According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, will have affected an estimated 232,340 additional women by the end of 2013 in the U.S., and about 2,240 men will represent new breast cancer cases, also by the end of the year. Shocking information, but the very reason why the lights were glowing in pink at Sugar Land Town Square this past Saturday. It was an annual observance publicly shining a light to celebrate breast cancer survivors and also to raise breast cancer awareness in relation to the many services here for prevention and/or treatment after a diagnosis.
Organized by the MD Anderson Regional Care Center, the Sugar Land Pink Lighting event is among those in the community kicking off breast cancer awareness this month throughout Fort Bend. “The Sugar Land Pink Lighting event gives us the opportunity to recognize those in the midst of – or looking back on – their cancer journey, and to share vital information on prevention, screenings and resources.” said radiation oncologist Shalin Shah, M.D., Sugar Land’s MD Anderson Regional Care Center medical director.
At the stage-like platform facing the Town Square plaza, the Allen Oldies Band acknowledged the survivors present and they played late 60’s and 70’s upbeat songs fit for dancing at the one of a kind family, community gathering, where many danced.
Some of those celebrating said they are grateful to have the Sugar Land Regional Care Center here with multidisciplinary care, chemotherapy infusion, radiation treatment, pain management and supportive care, also overseeing support groups.
Fort Bend recognizes the important role of the health care providers in this field and encourages individuals to take advantage of awareness programs in order to take charge of their health. For a short video clip of the Town Square event to catch a glimpse of the pink, see this story online at www. fortbendstar.com.