Essay on Commemorative Speech Susan G Komen

1118 Words Aug 16th, 2012 5 Pages
It is estimated that 39,511 women and 410 men will die of breast cancer this year alone. There will be 229,160 new cases of breast cancer in men and women this year. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women. My great grandmother who I look up to and is the strongest person I know, is a two time Breast cancer survivor and she believes that the organization Susan G Komen has made a huge impact on breast cancer in women. In this speech I want to pay tribute to and recognize all the wonderful things Susan G Komen has done in the research and cure for breast cancer. I will start off by talking about how the organization was founded. Next I will discuss all the great things Susan G Komen has done in the fight against breast …show more content…
This organization is working to save lives, empower people, ensure the best care is given to all and helps science to find the cure to breast cancer! Since 1982 Susan G Komen for the Cure has played a huge role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer. This organization has transformed how the world talks about and treats this disease and has helped to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. Because of Susan G Komen nearly 75 percent of women over 40 now receive regular mammograms, which is the most effective tool for detecting breast cancer early, in 1982 less than 30 percent of women even received a clinical exam. In 1982 the five-year survival rate for breast cancer was 74 percent and is now 98 percent survival rate. Today the federal government now devotes more than $900 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention compared to only $30 million in 1982, and America’s 2.5 million breast cancers survivors, is the largest group of cancer survivors in the world. I want to share with you a little piece of Nancy Brinker sharing her story about her sister Susan “It was time to begin saying our good-byes. I tried to come home every other week for a visit. One particular Sunday afternoon on the way back to the airport, Suzy spoke to me again about doing something to help the sick women in the

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