October is “Pink” Month

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Pink ribbons. Pink T-shirts. Pink comics in the Sunday paper (yes, some of us still read real newspapers.) Pink armbands on football players. Pink. Pink. Pink. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past three weeks, you’ve probably figured out that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The pink ribbons and everything else pink reminds us to think of breast cancer screening, treatment, and maybe someday, prevention. Breast cancer affects one woman in nine, so at some point in your life, you’ll be affected by breast cancer or know someone who is.

Because of  promotion of breast cancer awareness, a disease that was once barely talked about, (because after all, it’s mostly a women’s disease), is now destigmatized. Awareness leads to better screening and treatment, and better support for those dealing with the disease. Thanks to the tireless work of the Susan B. Komen Foundation and others, great strides are being made in awareness, research, and treatment.

In many areas, October is Pink Mammogram Month. Qualified women can get mammogram screenings at no cost. Look for information in your area for specifics, and check out the National Breast Cancer Awareness website for more information.


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2 thoughts on “October is “Pink” Month

  1. I’m glad to see so much awareness of a women’s health issue. Now, we need more information on ovarian cancer and pancreatic cancer (one of our community members, a 51-year-old mother and teacher at Trinity, just died of it).

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