Breast Cancer Awareness Month



Alexia Perez and Andres Mauries

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It’s October! This means it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, this month is used to bring awareness to breast cancer and help raise funds for further research. Several events are held throughout the month of October to bring attention to this issue, for example, there is a walk taking place in Dallas, Texas on October 20th hosted by the American Cancer Society. This is a friendly 3 to 5-mile walk that is hosted to spread information and raise money to fund research towards breast cancer.

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Walks are not the only way to help support this cause, there are several organizations which you can donate any amount of money at any time, anything helps. Donating money helps to spread information to the public and makes early detection and prevention a more common thing. Other than walks, famous landmarks are lit up with pink lights in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 by the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries as a partnership. Breast cancer awareness month runs from October 1st to October 31st, it was established to bring attention to breast cancer and raise money for the cause. In 1933, Evelyn Lauder founded the breast cancer research foundation, the pink ribbon logo came along 49 years later. Susan G. Komen for the Cure borrowed the idea of ribbons from a wife of a hostage in Iran, she began to tie yellow ribbons on trees outside her home in hope that her husband would return home soon. 11 years later, AIDS activists got inspiration from the yellow ribbons and made a bright red ribbon to represent people who were affected by AIDS. Later in 1982, the pink ribbon became the designated logo for Breast Cancer Awareness month, this is the logo that continues to represent breast cancer to this day.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, breast cancer in men is less common but still possible. Between 1992 and 1994 18% of women aged between ages 15-49 were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. The percentage jumped from 18% to 36% between 2005 and 2012. This shows more and more women are being diagnosed with breast cancer each year. It is statistically proven that one in eight women get diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, that amounts to 252,710 women being diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States each year. Out of those women, 40,500 will die. On a good note, there are over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors alive in the United States as of today, with the research currently being done, we are one step closer to curing breast cancer.

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher