Viewpoint: October 19, 2012

You've no doubt seen many people sporting pink this month in recognition of breast cancer victims and as a reminder that early detection can save lives. One in every eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

Some 227,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, more than 3,300 in Louisiana. Our state has one of the highest rates of breast cancer deaths in the country. That's why it's important that we spread the message of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Early detection can make a difference. When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival  rate is about 98 percent. This month, as we remember those who lost their battle with breast cancer and we celebrate those who are now cancer-free, let's make early detection and prevention a priority.

For more information on breast cancer, go to the American Cancer Society's website at