As we approach our annual Paint The Town Pink event in October, The Union is planning a special report on how cancer has impacted our lives and those of our loved ones.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 1,660,290 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2013. About 580,350 Americans are expected to die of cancer in 2013, almost 1,600 people per day. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S., exceeded only by heart disease, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. The National Cancer Institute estimates approximately 13.7 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive Jan. 1, 2012. Some of these individuals were cancer-free, while others still had evidence of cancer and may have been undergoing treatment.
Whether personally fighting cancer or supporting family members or friends who have been diagnosed, the vast majority of us have all, in some way, been touched by cancer and the devastating news of a diagnosis.
As we seek to raise awareness of cancer and funding for local treatment, we hope to share your story. Those interested in helping that cause are asked to do so in 700 words via email to Editor Brian Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 11.