COLUMBIA, Mo. - Hundreds of people participated in the Mid-Missouri Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure Saturday morning at Flat Branch Park as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Event hosts said that as of Friday, over 550 people had registered to run. They expected more to sign up Saturday morning during registration at 7 a.m.
A survivors procession started at 8 a.m. and the 5K started at 8:30 a.m.
Out of the over 500 participants, 59 are breast cancer survivors, organizers said.
All of the money donated for the race goes toward breast cancer education, screenings and research.
According to data collected from the 38 counties in the Missouri chapter, seven people in Missouri will be diagnosed with breast cancer in any one day.
The data also shows that in one week, 10 people in Missouri will die of breast cancer.
Helen Chestnut, executive director of Susan G. Komen-Missouri, said people can increase their chance of surviving breast cancer by knowing what "normal" is for their body and getting breast cancer screenings as often as once every two years.
Chestnut said that out of the 38 counties, they have found four of them to be breast cancer "hot spots."
By hot spots she means more women in Audrain, Camden, Chariton and Morgan counties are being diagnosed with later stages of breast cancer than the other 34 counties.
According to the organization's breast cancer fact sheet, the number of breast cancer deaths has decreased by 39 percent since 1989 because of improvements in early detection and treatment.