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Breast Cancer Awareness Month


October 11, 2022
We all see the little pink ribbons this time of the year. Most know what this ribbon symbolizes, but you may not be aware of the roots behind it. Breast Cancer Awareness Month began in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries. Betty Ford, a breast cancer survivor, helped kick off the week-long event. She was diagnosed while her husband was president of the United States, bringing more attention to breast cancer.

In 1992, Estee Lauder Cosmetics was the first nationwide campaign to use the pink ribbon. They handed out 1.5 million pink ribbons as a visual reminder of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each October, you will now notice the NFL is one of the largest supporters of breast cancer awareness. All players, coaches and referees wear the pink ribbon.



The goal of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to educate women about breast cancer and teach them tests for early detection. It was also brought forth to encourage women to get mammograms as an important tool in the fight against breast cancer. During the month of October, we celebrate the victories with survivors and encourage them to share their stories. This month is also dedicated to raising funds for research and related causes.

Breast cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the breast; it can be just one or both. Breast cancer can spread when the cells get into the blood or lymph system and is carried to other parts of the body. There are many different types of breast cancer, and this is determined by the specific kind of cells in the breast that are most affected.

Everyone should know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. You can easily identify any abnormalities by performing monthly breast self-exams. If you are having tenderness or lumps on the breast or underarm area, it is best to reach out to your healthcare provider. Most breast cancer symptoms are invisible and not noticeable, but some symptoms can be caught early by being proactive.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any signs or symptoms of breast cancer, visit your healthcare provider. Please know you are not alone in this fight.

For more information, please visit The National Breast Cancer Foundation below.

National Breast Cancer Foundation

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