CHARITABLE CAUSES

All women are at risk for getting breast cancer. As you get older, your risk increases. Assuming you live to age 90, your risk of getting breast cancer over your lifetime is about 12%.

According to the CDC in 2004, an estimated 215,990 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed among women and an estimated of 40,580 women died of the disease.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.

According to the ADA there are 20.8 million people in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately 6.2 million people are unaware that they have the disease. Diabetes contributed to 224,092 deaths in 2002.

AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection.  HIV causes AIDS by attacking the immune system’s soldiers – the CD4 cells. When the immune system loses too many CD4 cells, you are less able to fight off infection and can develop serious, often deadly, infections.

According to the CDC at the end of 2003, an estimated 1,039,000 to 1,185,000 persons in the United States were living with HIV/AIDS, with 24-27% undiagnosed and unaware of their HIV infection.  The estimated number of deaths of persons with AIDS was 18,017, including 17,934 adults and adolescents, and 83 children under age 13.

Merriam-Webster defines mental health as "A state of emotional and psychological well-being in which an individual is able to use his or her cognitive and emotional capabilities, function in society, and meet the ordinary demands of everyday life."

There are different types of Mental Health issues that affect millions of people across the world regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

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