I really love seeing pink everywhere in October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From ribbons and bracelets to pink-themed cocktails and think pink manis and pedis, Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings much-needed attention to the disease and promotes funding for finding a cure.
With October coming to a close, I want to encourage women everywhere to continue to think pink all year round. One in eight women in the U.S. is affected by breast cancer, and chances are most people know someone who has suffered with the disease. We have come along way. If identified early via regular screenings and diagnostic programs, breast cancer can be successfully treated. Janelle Hail, co-founder and CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), states “Early detection saves lives! Research shows that when breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the five-year survival rate is 98%.” To help increase early detection, the NBCF helps provide free mammograms and resources to those in need, and partners with companies like Medline nationwide to advance breast cancer awareness and prevention.
Before months end, I encourage you to purchase a bottle of your favorite pink polish. Just seeing it in your medicine cabinet will remind you to think pink every month and to remember October’s message – focus on breast health! Early detection, increased education, and access to resources and support will help us to continue the fight against breast cancer.
For more information about how to create an early detection plan visit: http://www.earlydetectionplan.org/
For more information about breast cancer, getting involved or supporting the cause please visit: http://ww5.komen.org/