BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – People in Boardman are joining forces and taking a stand against cancer.
Sixty teams are signed up for the Boardman Relay for Life that kicked off Friday at Boardman High School.
For 21 years, members from all walks of life around the Valley, including cancer survivors, have walked together at Boardman’s relay in hopes of finding a cure.
In the Mahoning Valley, breast and prostate cancer are most prevalent and curable.
“If it is found in the early stages, stage one or two there is a 97 percent cure rate,” said Bryon Anzevino, American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society doesn’t consider our area to be a cancer cluster any more than the rest of the state. Still, statistic show there was an estimated 1,700 breast cancer deaths and 1,200 prostate cancer deaths in Ohio this year.
The ACS stresses preventative measures for men and women starting at age 40 with physicals and mammograms.
Recent studies have started a controversy about the effectiveness of mammograms, but the ACS still stands behind its research that it is the best way to catch breast cancer in the early stages, when it is confined to one area.
“When it is in the later stages, usually that is when it is confined to the whole, you know throughout the whole body,” said Anzevino. “We want to catch it in the early stages.”.
Along with preventative measures, diet and exercise play a critical role in overall health. Medical experts suggest eating less processed foods and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.
Volunteers will walk around the track in Boardman for 24 hours to help raise awareness and money in the battle against cancer. All of the money raised at the American Cancer Society event stays right here in the Valley.