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In October we wear pink!

Updated: Oct 10, 2020

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is a time when countries around the world, organizations, and local healthcare providers help push to increase attention and support for the prevention, early detection, and treatment of a disease that not only effects women, but also effects men.

Breast Cancer is said to be the second most common cancer among women in the United States, affecting 1 in 8 women, with an increased rate among black women, especially for those under the age of 45 years. Having a first-degree relative, a mother, sister, or daughter who was diagnosed with the disease, increases one's risk by approximately 50%. Although breast cancer affects men at much lower rates than women, they are still at risk for developing the disease; again, with black men having a higher incidence than men of all other ethnic groups.

Why do we wear the color pink for breast cancer? Pink is the universal color that represents love for self and others. Wearing pink for breast cancer embodies fear of the disease, hope for the future, and the overall charitable goodness of people who support the movement. Wearing a pink ribbon, is a symbol of solidarity with all the women and men who have fought the disease, is living with the disease, and those who have lost their battle to this disease. It is a show of support that we will continue to bring awareness to the public through education about prevention, early detection, and treatment of breast cancer.

So this month, let's all choose to wear pink on purpose!

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