Submitted By Kristen Schaffer
One in every eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime, but with an emphasis on early detection, survival rates can be improved. That’s why the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association’s (SAPFFA) annual breast cancer shirt sale aims to spread awareness about the importance of early detection.
The shirt sale, which opened to the public in 2012, has raised more than $50,000 for Susan G. Komen San Antonio.
“We’ve had so much support from the San Antonio community,” said Bobby Ford, a firefighter and paramedic, who led the shirt sale for SAPFFA. “It just goes to show you how many people have been impacted by cancer and believe in finding a cure.”
Supporting victims of breast cancer is something that San Antonio firefighters take to heart. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) firefighters are at an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer as a result of occupational exposures. It means San Antonio firefighters are developing cancers at younger ages and sometimes more aggressively.
“For the more than 246,000 women who will develop invasive breast cancer this year, we want them to know we are working to help the fight against it,” said Christopher Steele, president of SAPFFA.
SAPFFA has a photo contest underway right now. If you have a photo of yourself wearing one of the shirts sold during the month of October, email email@example.com or post it to the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association Facebook page.