The Army of Women is celebrating Women’s History Month. In honor of Women’s History Month, it’s important to recognize our wonderful role models that have made amazing contributions in women’s health. Women like Marie Curie, who became famous for her research into radioactivity, and was the first woman to win a Nobel prize, or women like Elizabeth Blackwell, who was the first woman awarded the M.D. degree. Women’s History Month emphasizes just how important all women are to the growth and evolution of mankind. Whether your role model is someone like Marie Curie, or your mom or sister, we must remember the impact that these amazing women have in our lives.
So many of our sisters, mothers and friends have suffered over the years with breast cancer, making the history of breast cancer a long and far too often tragic one. In fact, the earliest recorded cases of the disease date back to ancient Egypt. Breast cancer treatment began in the 18th century and is still being researched and developed to this day.
In ancient Egypt the history of breast cancer treatment began with cauterization of tumors found in the breast with an instrument known as “the fire drill.” Although medical practitioners were able to remove these tumors in some cases they were for the most part unable to stop the disease from taking its course. Wrote the ancient Egyptian doctor of breast cancer: “There is no treatment.”
Such was the prevailing wisdom throughout the history of breast cancer. Although cases of breast cancer are documented throughout history, it was not until the 17th century in Europe that medical understanding of the human body was able to begin to comprehend the nature of breast cancer. Not until the 20th century were their movements to increase breast cancer awareness. In the 1970’s the movement to increase breast cancer awareness began to grow rapidly. More and more non-profit organizations, governmental organizations and other organizations have been formed in order to increase knowledge and awareness of this disease, but also to sponsor research to aid in its eradication. While breast cancer survival rates have gone up somewhat in the last twenty years, the fact remains that we still don’t know what causes the disease and it is still far too prevalent and killing far too many women.
The goal of the Love/Avon Army of Women is to go beyond finding a cure for breast cancer. Our mission is to find the causes so that we can eradicate breast cancer once and for all.
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