SOUTH HOLLAND | October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Girl Scouts across the country worked to raise awareness and money to help find a cure and foster an environment supportive of greater breast cancer education and research.
The month is special in the hearts of all Scouts as Girls Scouts' founder, Juliette Gordon Low, died of breast cancer Jan. 17, 1927.
Girl Scouts Brownie Troop 60322, of South Holland, with their troop leaders, Cheryl Crozier and Qiana Savage, presented a special Breast Cancer Awareness Project to the mammography department at South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest. Leslie Adams, coordinator of the Radiology and Mammography Department, educated the Troop on the importance of early detection and screening of breast cancer.
Through this project these second-grade Brownie Girl Scouts have encouraged women to get annual mammograms in hopes of detecting breast cancer in its early stages.
According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year and affecting countries at all levels of modernization.
In recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, there has been a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options, according to a news release from the Girl Scouts.
From the original 18 girls, Girl Scouting has grown to 3.7 million members. Girl Scouts is the largest educational organization for girls in the world and has influenced the more than 59 million girls, women and men who have belonged to it.