Pink is a pretty color. It’s a soft color that represents femininity and a sign of hope. But the color pink is not so pretty in the month of October when the world is wearing it for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Over the years, the color pink and the pink ribbon have come to symbolize breast cancer awareness. But I imagine for those people who are still fighting the deadly disease, or for those who have lost a love one to breast cancer, the color pink in October may be like a black cloud over their heads. Or it may be a constant reminder that they were not lucky enough to be the survivor who wears the pink ribbon as a badge of honor.
- One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
- Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
- Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year
While most people are aware of breast cancer, many of us still do not do what we need to in order to detect the disease early. And early detection increases the chance of survival. We must perform regular breast self-examinations and become familiar with the risks and symptoms of the disease. We must get our annual mammograms. It is recommended that all women over the age of 40 get annual mammograms (unless otherwise stated by your doctor).
Do you know what today is? Today is National Mammography Day! For over 20 years, the third Friday in October has been designated as National Mammography Day. So throughout the day today and the remainder of the month of October, every time you see the color pink; remind a female in your life, remind the ladies at the grocery store, the daycare provider, and the ladies at your job not to forget to have their annual mammogram. You could save a life…if even just one. Schedule your mammogram today! (Check your local area for organizations offering free mammograms today and during the month of October)