Viewpoint: February 29, 2012

With 1.3 million people diagnosed annually, breast cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in the world today. While there's no cure for it, with early detection and better access to health services, breast cancer victims have a better chance of survival.

That's why it is so important to support Komen Baton Rouge Race for the Cure. Recently, there's been some negative publicity surrounding the national Susan G. Komen cure organization. The controversy surrounds a corporate decision not to continue funding mammograms at planned parenthood facilities.

Since the decision became public, several people have resigned from Komen's national office and the organization has reversed its decision. But, we don't want that controversy to impact all the good that has been done and still needs to be done in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana has one of the highest rates of breast cancer deaths. In fact, 75 percent of the funds that are raised here stay here to fund critical programs. WAFB is proud to be a sponsor of this year's Race for the Cure on March 10. Please join us in the fight against breast cancer.