SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It's October in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry, and that means fall colors abound, but the only fall color that's plentiful around here is pink, the official color of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Look all around you and you'll see pink ribbons in full bloom. Fountains that once poured crystal clear waters are now flowing pink, and for a select few people in our area, October means it's time to wear a pink wig and become a Big Wig.
I had the honor two years ago of being one of the Komen Coastal Georgia Big Wigs. We wore the wigs to raise money, but equally as important to raise awareness about breast cancer, and really, the benefit of early detection.
While much progress has been made in the fight against breast cancer, its impact is still overwhelming. One in every eight women will be diagnosed with the disease. In our area alone, it will claim the lives of five women each month.
Consider this: the best defense against breast cancer is early detection. In fact, the survival rate in cases where the cancer is detected early is 98 percent. And that's where organizations like Komen Coastal Georgia come in. Over the past five years, thanks to people giving to the Big Wig campaign or the Race for the Cure, more than 7,000 screenings have been given to women who otherwise couldn't get one.
That means potentially hundreds of lives are saved each year.
That's why I was a big wig, now it is your turn. Learn about breast cancer and then do something about it. Get screened yourself and encourage others you love to do, and if you can, give to any of the charities fighting the fight against this devastating disease and become a big wig yourself.