Saturday, 20 October 2012 20:44
Those in downtown Rapid City today might have noticed an awful lot of pink.
That's because Making Strides Against Breast Cancer a cause benefiting the American Cancer Society held "Main Street Square Goes Pink."
The fundraising and awareness event represents a statewide partnership in the fight against breast cancer.
Breast cancer survivor Katie Parker has no family history of the disease and credits awareness and early detection for her life today.
Parker says, "Events like these actually helped save my life because research dollars from American Cancer Society went into determining if the gold standard in mammography was the digital mammogram, and that's the exam that saved my life. Had I had another mammogram called analog, or the old way, they wouldn't have found my cancer. And it had already been in my body for two years before it was detected."
Approximately 600 South Dakota women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.