Real Men Wear Pink to Fight Cancer
Nevada State Bank EVP Craig Kirkland explains why he joined the fight against breast cancer.
Breast cancer affects women, men and families in communities across the U.S. That's why the American Cancer Society recruits male community leaders to help fight breast cancer through its Real Men Wear Pink campaign. This annual initiative raises awareness and funds during the month of October to support the American Cancer Society’s initiatives, which include promoting early detection and prevention, funding research, and giving support to cancer patients.
Craig Kirkland, Nevada State Bank EVP and Director of Retail Banking, is participating in this year’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign, encouraging friends, colleagues, and the community to join him in fighting breast cancer. Kirkland is an active participant in many local volunteer and community projects, and has served on the board for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission since 2008. However, this busy executive volunteered his time and efforts to help with the Real Men Wear Pink campaign because he has been personally affected by it.
“Two close work colleagues were tested early, treated, and have been fortunate to beat back breast cancer and are still in remission,” he said. “If you have a mom, sister, wife, girlfriend, partner, or significant other who is a woman, you may be impacted by breast cancer. It's so important to be tested and learn the warning signs, but also to raise awareness and money to fight breast cancer. We must continue to research and find new treatments, and potentially a cure, for this disease.”
In addition, Kirkland and his wife fostered and adopted identical twin girls who are now nearly three years old. “I want to do all I can to make sure my girls have a healthy future that doesn’t include cancer,” he said. “Personally, I try to set an example for my family and reduce my risk of cancer by not smoking, eating healthy, sleeping seven hours a night, and exercising regularly. We promote those same goals as a family, for all our children.”
According to the American Cancer Society website, the chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 37 (about 2.7 percent). Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among U.S. women (excluding skin cancers). It is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S., after lung cancer.
The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2017 are:
- About 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
- About 63,410 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
- About 40,610 women will die from breast cancer in 2017.
- While black and white women get breast cancer at roughly the same rate, black women are more likely to die from it.
“Real Men” across the U.S. are doing what they can to raise awareness of this disease, to encourage women to get tested, and to raise funds for research. “Pink represents love and compassion,” said Kirkland. “Real men are thoughtful, compassionate, and caring - real men embody what pink represents, and real men wear pink.”
Visit www.cancer.org to donate or volunteer or donate.
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