Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In 1985 the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries worked together in a partnership to shed light on a private issue by creating Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This campaign starts each year on October first and ends on October thirty-first. Former First Lady Betty Ford shared her support by volunteering on the first week of this event. Betty Ford brought awareness to this campaign by sharing her Breast Cancer survival story.
The purpose of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to educate people about this second leading cause of cancer deaths. According to the Legacy Community Health website: “Every year in the United States, about 250,000 women and men are diagnosed with breast cancer. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that in 2020 about 42,170 women in the United States will die from breast cancer,” (legacycommunityhealth.org).
Awareness of the possibility of breast cancer can help reduce the chances of dying from breast cancer by encouraging people to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “The Breast cancer prevention: How to reduce your risk” article states: “To lower your risk: control your weight, be physically active, don’t smoke, and limit alcohol,”(.mayoclinic.org). By being aware of these tips, people can take steps to reduce the chances of breast cancer forming.
Education in self-breast examination is important because it can help find breast cancer early on. In the article “Breast Self-Exam,” it states: “Breast self-exam, or regularly examining your breasts on your own, can be an important way to find breast cancer early, when it’s more likely to be treated successfully,” (breastcancer.org). By having this knowledge, a person can check for lumps regularly to find potential lumps that could be cancerous early and thus increase the chances of survival should cancer be present by helping to prevent the spread of cancer.
Everyone is encouraged to show their love and support during this month of awareness. On the National Breast Cancer Foundation website it states: “2020 has been a powerful reminder that we are all in this together, and our choices and actions have the power to protect the most vulnerable among us in a big way. The same holds true when it comes to breast cancer,” (nationalbreastcancer.org). We can show support by volunteering for programs that will help those affected by breast cancer. The official website states: “Volunteers can pack HOPE kits that are a tangible expression of hope given to women in treatment for breast cancer. Pack Breast Health Kits that are given to guests. The kit is part awareness, part educational, these kits empower women to take control of their breast health. Lastly, write encouragement cards that are delivered to women facing breast cancer,” (nationalbreastcancer.org).
Giving a donation is another way to show support to those affected. In the article “Top Breast Cancer Charities,” it lists the following foundations: “The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, National Breast Cancer Foundation, and METAvivor,” (top-rated-pink-ribbon-charities). The charities that were listed are all non-profit organizations that help breast cancer patients and survivors.
Pink is used as the color for breast cancer awareness because Alexandria Penney who is the former editor of Self magazine created the pink ribbon in 1992. She created it for her magazine’s issue on Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Evelyn Lauder is co-creator of the pink ribbon. She distributed the pink ribbon in her makeup store to spread awareness. Also in 1991, pink ribbons were distributed to all breast cancer survivors during the Komen New York City Race. This is how the pink ribbon became to be used to symbolize Breast Cancer Awareness.