October 30, 2022

The congregation wore pink on October 30, 2022, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Alisa Freeman shared some facts about Breast Cancer with the congregation. In 2022 it is estimated that there will be 338,900 new cases of breast cancer in women and 2,710 new cases of breast cancer in men. Some symptoms of breast cancer are breast lumps, changes in the skin texture of the breast, unexplained changes in size or shape, unexplained swelling, and nipple discharge. Some risk factors for breast cancer are age, gender, race, obesity, family history, and dense breast tissue. Some environmental or lifestyle factors are lack of physical activity, poor diet, obesity, alcohol, radiation to the chest, and hormone replacement therapy. Ways to reduce your risk are maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active, eating fruits and vegetables, not smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption. Early detection is the best prevention. According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. Early detection includes monthly breast self-exams and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.
Everyone received a bag with Breast Cancer Awareness items and took pictures on the steps in front of New Bethel Holiness Methodist Church.