October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we all know that one of the most common ways to express support for breast cancer is to wear pink. Why do we wear pink ribbons, though? Pink has come to be associated with breast cancer as a symbol, and pink ribbons are utilized to express support for survivors, remember those lost to the disease and advocate for the progress in the fight against breast cancer.
Why is the Color Pink Associated with Breast Cancer?
The pink ribbon represents the strength of survivors, the fearlessness in supporting them and the hope for a cure.
There are many theories on why pink has become associated with breast cancer awareness. Some believe it is because our culture associates women’s gender with the color pink while others believe that it is because it represents vitality and health.
Why is it Important to be Aware of Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer awareness is vital as early detection can catch the disease when it’s most treatable….in the very early stages. Not only can this increase your chances at survival but it will also help you remain informed about the latest treatments and advancements in research. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among American women. This is why education and awareness are so vital.
How Important are Mammograms?
A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray of the breast that can detect tumors in its early stages. Annual mammograms are recommended for women aged 40 and older to help screen for possible cancer cells which increases your chances at successful treatment.
Women at risk or those that have a family history of breast cancer should be screened earlier and more often. Mammograms aren’t the only tool for early detection, a clinical breast exam can also help to try and find tumors in their earliest stages.
How Can You Spread Awareness About Breast Cancer?
Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been held every October since 1985, when millions of people around the world got involved in a campaign that raises awareness of a disease that affects 1 in 8 (12%) of women at some point during her lifetime.
Here are a few ways you can get involved during Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
- Wear pink
- Donate to a breast cancer charity
- Educate others about the disease and how best to fight it
- Participate in a walk or run (ie Komen Race for the Cure)
- Volunteer at a local or national organization
It’s time to start thinking about how you can be part of the solution. Please share this article with all the women in your life, especially if they are over 50 years old. Help spread awareness and early detection of breast cancer! If we all work together and take action now, we’ll make a difference with breast cancer awareness one day at a time. Are there any steps you’ve taken recently that reflect your commitment and dedication to fighting this disease?