ou know those imagesthat stick with you?Those ones, good orbad, that stubbornly refuseto erase themselves from your mind? I had one of those three years ago whenprominent breast cancerdoctor Ernie Bodai asked aroom full of 100 people orso to raise their hands if they had known someone diag-nosed with this form of can-cer.Nearly everyone raised ahand. I did, too, having losta grandmother to this dis-ease. Seeing all those handslifted into the air unnervedme, and the image remainsas vivid in my mind today.Really, how could mostpeople not in some way beaffected? In 2013, 232,340 women and 2,240 men were diagnosed with breastcancer, and a combined40,030 people succumbedto their battle, according tothe National Cancer Insti-tute.Bodai — the Kaiser doc-tor behind the breast cancerpostage stamp that fundsresearch into the disease —noted that breast cancerstrikes most American fam-ilies, yet a cure remains frus-tratingly out of reach.Notably, more and moreemphasis is placed on pre-vention and early detection, which I think is the rightroute to take.Especially considering breast cancer no longerafflicts only post-meno-pausal women, as people intheir 20s are now diagnosed with this disease. Scientistsmay not be able to say withabsolute certainty that envi-ronmental toxins are acause of breast cancer. Butdoctors know they increaserisk.Each of our bodies is con-taminated with hundreds of synthetic chemicals linkedto cancer, immune-systemdamage and reproductiveand developmental toxicity. We can’t control our genet-ics, but we can make a con-certed effort to decrease ourintake of toxic chemicals by making smarter consumerchoices.Take a look at what localorganizations and busi-nesses are doing to raisebreast cancer awareness,promote early detectionand fund research withinthe pages of this month’s View.
Sena Christian is the managingeditor of the View. Follow her onTwitter, @SenaC_RsvPT.
Time To Think Pink
The Studio Martial Arts rais-es breast cancer awareness
Forever In Their Hearts
Victor Dew’s family reflects on pastthree years since Marine’s death
A Culture All Their Own
Coffee shops carve out unique nicheswith quality, music, vibe
ON THE COVER:
Amitis Pourarian, owner of The Studio,fights back against breast cancer.
COVER PHOTO • ANNE STOKES
What’s Your Best Bid?
Eureka Schools Foundation hostsannual auction fundraiser
All Grown Up
Dusty Baker’s ball-boy son now hasshot at national baseball team.
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OCTOBER 2013Volume 23 • Number 10
First-grader MackenzieYates, 6, grabs a nec-tarine from RevolutionFoods at Maidu Elemen-tary School in Roseville.
ANNE STOKES • GRANITE BAY VIEW