Increasing awareness is one of the primary goals of the WBC, wearing pink and joinIng the fight against breast cancer, in this month of October, dedicated to raising timely alertness and vigilance about Breast Cancer… a battle we MUST win.
Unfortunately, this disease has grown alarmingly in recent years, with so many women between the ages of 25 and 55 dying, mostLy due to not detecting this condition in time.
Breast cancer can affect any woman, since it does not respect race, age or social condition. Annually it produces 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths.
Breast cancer is the most common in women, both in developed and developing countries. In low- and middle-income countries, its incidence has steadily increased in recent years due to increased life expectancy and urbanization. However, it is important to clarify that men can also suffer from it.
At the WBC we want to be part of this battle for life and encourage all women to “self-exploration” from the age of 20, as this exam helps you to know the normal structure of your breasts and discover any future anomalies that may appear. It is so vitally important to stress that early detection continues to be the cornerstone of this ongoing fight against this disease,. Since when it is detected early, it is possible to establish an adequate diagnosis and specific treatment.
Please, please remember that 95% of breast cancer cases ARE CURED! as long as they are detected in a timely manner.
How to self-scan?
Standing in front of the mirror, observe any changes in the look and feel of your chest, such as lumps, difference in size or secretions. Then place your right hand behind the nape of the neck and with the tips of the three middle fingers of the Left hand, firmly palpate your right breast making small upward and downward circular movements. Make sure to cover the entire surface of the breast. Repeat the same steps, but this time in the other side.
In the World Boxing Council, we are committed and united in raising awareness about this disease. Therefore, since 2013 we have joined this campaign, so during all the boxing matches during October, the entire boxing family wears the symbolic pink bow. In addition, our ring officers show up to work with pink shirts.
In 2015 the WBC in coordination and cooperation with the prestigious brand of gloves Cleto Reyes, unveiled a special edition of pink gloves that have been used since then in women’s title fights. They look like twelve ounces gloves; however, they are 10 ounces gloves, created specifically to protect their fists.
Throughout these years, the World Boxing Council has sought a way to get the message across to more women, so that, in the month of October, in addition to launching the aforementioned activations, there are various press conference where our champions have joined as ambassadors as a crucial part of this noble task, among them: Ana María Torres, Zulina Muñoz, Lupita Martínez, Ibeth Zamora, Yésica Chávez and Ana Arrazola.
The commitment and especially the empathy of our fighters to be spread a message of hope and of how self-exploration saves lives has been so great that in October of last year, many of them met with patients who are fighting against it and that belong to the COI Foundation. On that occasion the WBC bantamweight world champion Mariana Juárez opened her heart and shared with everyone present that her 59-year-old mother lost the battle, but that this could be avoided if only she had detected it in time.
These are battles that go beyond and transcend 10 rounds and that are not for a world title or one more victory, but for life itself, where from warrior to warrior it only remains to say: “Your fight inspires us to never give up and always move forward in the face of every adversity.”
This month, the fight continues and although due to the Covid-19 pandemic it has not been possible to raise our voice in person, as we have previously done every year, the WBC has dressed in pink from day one and thus, we have urged the world to be with us in this battle that touches all our lives.
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the calm, quiet voice that is heard at the end of the day, asking and urging us to get back up and try again tomorrow. Mary Anne Radmache-
October is undoubtedly a month of fighting, but not only outside of the ring but also inside it, as there are lot of fighters ready to put their gloves on, and to keep raising awareness.
These are the next great fights:
10/30/2020 / Sulem Urbina vs. Marlen Esparza: WBC flyweight eliminator fight
10/31/2020 / Christina Hammer vs Sanna Turunen: interim WBC title super middleweight.
10/31/2020 / Mariana Juárez vs. Yulihan Luna: Mariana defends her WBC bantamweight world title
10/31/2020 / Yesenia Gomez vs. Mirna Sanchez: Yesenia defends her WBC light fly title
11/06/2020 / Segolene Lefebvre vs Elodie Bouchlaka: vacant international super bantamweight title.
11/14/2020 / Terri Harper vs Katharina Thanderz: Terry defends her WBC super featherweight crown
11/14/2020 / Katie Taylor vs Miriam Gutiérrez: Katie Tylor goes into action to defend her WBC light title