Morgan DeGlopper – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- “I want to be the one that makes them say I knew someone that lived with cancer and it’s not a death sentence anymore,” stated Carol Lidey, breast cancer survivor and LRHS Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) teacher.

About one year ago, Lidey found out she had breast cancer.

LRHS HOPE teacher Carol Lidey (r) gets a hug from a staff member

The cancer was first noticed in a routine mammogram, but doctors were still uncertain. After more tests, her fears were confirmed.

Luckily, after multiple tests and procedures, her doctors successfully removed the cancer and it has not returned to this day.

Unfortunately, this is not the case for over 40,000 American women each year.

Breast cancer is the second deadliest form of cancer; only lung cancer is more deadly. For women in the United States, cancer-related deaths are the second most common cause of death.

Contrary to common belief, men are also susceptible to breast cancer.

In this year alone, it is expected that there will be 2,470 new cases of breast cancer in men. However, this number pales in comparison to the estimated 220,000 women who will be diagnosed.

There is still hope. In the United States, there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors and the number of breast cancer deaths has been declining since 1990.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which was decided in 1985 with the partnership of the American Cancer Society and Imperial Chemical Industries.

In the beginning, the goal was to promote preventative testing as the most effective weapon against breast cancer.

In 1993, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies Evelyn Lauder founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The pink ribbon officially became the foundation’s symbol, even though this was not the first time it was used.

Today, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign to educate people all over the world about breast cancer and raise funds for breast cancer research. Every year it is estimated that $6-billion are raised.

Like many other survivors, Lidey says the experience taught her about life and she shares this with her students. “I appreciate everything that we do. I appreciate beauty, nature, and music.  I think that my kids see that and maybe it has rubbed off on them,” she stated.

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