Breast Cancer Awareness month is an annual worldwide campaign that takes place in October. Thousands of organizations, promotional events, and campaigns around the world are working to raise awareness of the disease and encourage pride in breast cancer survivors. The first organized effort to bring attention to the disease started with a week-long event in the United States in 1985.
While it occurs in both women and men, breast cancer is the most common type of non-skin cancer in women in the United States. On average, one woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 2 minutes in the U.S. It occurs when breast cells begin to grow abnormally. It is estimated that there will be 42,260 deaths in 2019 due to breast cancer.
The color pink, specifically the pink ribbon, is an international symbol for breast cancer awareness. It expresses moral support for both people with breast cancer and survivors of breast cancer, and represents the fight to find a cure for the disease.
There are countless ways to get involved, support the cure, and show pride for breast cancer. From donating to wearing your pink, your support is appreciated and important to the fight towards defeating breast cancer. Geaux pink!