Cancer is a bad word.

It’s probably the worst word in the dictionary. When I hear it, I cringe.

October is national breast cancer awareness month. I’m sure each one of you have been affected by this terrible disease either directly or indirectly.

I’m sure you know someone who has battled breast cancer or maybe that someone is you.

Today’s Times-Journal is done in pink to bring awareness and support those who are dealing with cancer. We will donate 10 percent of our advertising in this edition to our local Relay for Life chapter.

Enclosed are stories on survivors and their journeys. We thank those that shared their stories with us. We also have stories with information about health advancements to help with early detection.

It’s never too early to have a check up. Doctors recommend you get your first mammogram by the age of 45.

I personally don’t think that’s soon enough.

There are several stories of local women that are battling this disease in their early 30s.

Although this month highlights breast cancer, we know all cancer is bad.

Breast cancer is one of the most widespread types and affects many people. Whatever we can do to bring awareness and raise funding to find the cure for all cancers, we must do it.

They must find a cure for cancer but until then we must support everyone who is battling this terrible disease. Whatever you can do to support the fight against cancer, please do.

Whether it’s make a donation, buy a T-shirt or support someone and their family who is battling cancer, make sure that you do your part.

Because this disease can strike and affect all of us at anytime.

For all of you who have battled or are currently battling cancer, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families.

Stay strong and know that we are all behind you in this battle.

Tricia Clinton-Dunne is president and publisher of the Times-Journal. Her column appears in the paper’s weekend edition. Email: tclinton@times-journal.com.

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