DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., an affiliate of global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., and Matt Smith, three-time victor of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle championship, are wrapping Smith's bike in pink this month to raise awareness about breast cancer.
Early detection is the key.
"Breast cancer has personally affected my own family", Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said.
Breast cancer is the most common malignant disease of women.
The Sheriff's Office pink patches will be available to the public for a suggested donation of $15.
Dr. Lindsay Petersen, M.D., breast cancer surgeon at Henry Ford Cancer Institute, said breast cancer treatment continues to evolve with new and exciting personalized care for patients with different types of breast cancer. Mammography is considered to be the best screening test for the detection of breast cancer.
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Women were able to learn what to look for and preventative measures to take for breast cancer. Currently, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 12%.
The clinic's Breast Cancer Program provides mammograms and advanced breast diagnostics free of charge to low-income, uninsured and underinsured women throughout Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley.
The good news is that death rates from female breast cancer dropped 40% from 1989 to 2016.
Williams, who played for the Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers, started covering the cost of mammogram screening for women in 2015 through his nonprofit organization, The DeAngelo Williams Foundation.
They also have presented as painful, but this was less frequently. "And I had a list of people I know who had breast cancer so I called them all and they talked to me so I understood what was going to happen and that really gave me strength".