Seniors Pay Homage to Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The City of Jacksonville’s Senior Services division invited local seniors to participate in the 2nd annual Pink Pump Parade.

More than 300 seniors dressed in pink made the six block trek through downtown Jacksonville in support of  survivors, patients and their families who are fighting for a cure. The walk culminated at Hemming Plaza where the seniors shared their survivor stories with city councilman in attendance.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African American women. Nearly 190,000 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed among African Americans in 2016. Among black women, the most common cancers are breast (32% of all cancers), lung (11%), and colon and rectum (9%). Early detection and regular mammograms are the most effective cautionary measure for the often hereditary disease.

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