Each of us may have known a person who had or died of breast cancer.  Mine was Manang Senia. She was a vibrant woman who had a good sense of humor and caring personality.  She fought this affliction with medical treatment, hope, prayers and courage but the disease won in the end.  How many more of us may suffer the same fate as her?

The Philippines has the highest incidence rate of breast cancer in Asia and is considered to have the ninth highest incidence rate in the world today.

These news, obtained from reports of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, were cited by the World Health Organization (WHO) in a statement just recently over the weekend.  The report also said…

…approximately 70 percent of breast cancers occur in women with none of the known risk factors. Only about 5 percent of breast cancer are inherited. In the 1940s, the risk for breast cancer was 1 in 22. Today, it is 1 in 18.

This news is quite alarming indeed.  And it should serve as a wake-up call. Artists are often people who use their unique talents to help spread awareness of various issues and causes including breast cancer. Some have come up with unique artworks that show personal meaning and depth, and to help out with the cause as well. I post some of them here:

I Dream of Black Butterflies” by Kirsti Ottem Langeland

A group of artists made these using actual plaster casts. Proceeds from the auction went to the Keep A Breast Foundation.

Kanika Marshall sells beautiful Breast Cancer Survivor African pendants. 10% of the sales from these are donated to breast cancer research.

Waiting’ and ‘Surgery’ both from artist/poet, Betsy Noorzay. Painful to see yet honest, her artworks in mixed media show the powerlessness, depression and loneliness breast cancer patients undergo throughout this ordeal.

Scars in My Sky” by Susan Shatter. It was like “painting erupting volcanoes…the volcanic fire is indistinguishable like endlessly flowing tears…”

1000 Line Poem Written on 1000 Wooden Bowls” (detail) was part of an exhibit by sculptor Sarah Hutt. The exhibit was in honor of her mother who died of breast cancer. Each bowl has a line that she attributed to her mother (My mother had eyes in the back of her head; My mother read at the kitchen table…).  People lifting the bowls and reading the lines during the exhibit reminded Hutt of her mom’s habit of “turning things over to see where they were made.”

We all can do a small part in the cause.  Creating an artwork is one step. Having a breast exam or informing a friend or loved one about it is another.  Clicking the button below can also help give FREE mammograms to those who need them:

Let us all help in whatever way we can in spreading Breast Cancer awareness not just for this month but for as long as it takes until they find a cure.  And hopefully…it will be very soon.