Think Pink This October

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Think Pink This October
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If you’re seeing a lot more pink this October, it is because National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is now upon us.  Though October is the official month for breast cancer awareness, NBCAM.org reminds us that their website is a year round resource for patients, care-givers, survivors, and the general public.  There is a wealth of information available on the site dealing with anything from symptoms of the disease to quick and easy recipes designed for breast cancer patients.

 

All around the world this month, there will be events taking place to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer.  The White House honored breast cancer awareness earlier this month by flipping a switch and turning pink.  It was part of a worldwide campaign where more that 200 landmarks agreed to light their structures in pink to represent the color of the cause.  During the lighting ceremony first lady Laura Bush said, “May our lights tonight shine as beacons around the world, a signal of the United States’ commitment to saving lives for breast cancer.” 

 

And it’s not just our landmarks going pink this October.  People are of course donning their pink ribbons in support, popular websites are lighting up in pink, and many retail products like Brita water filters and Hershey’s have joined National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and are offering pink merchandise. 

 

No matter how you raise awareness this October, the most important thing is that you spread the word about how important it is that women get their mammograms and perform self-examinations often.  Early detection is always best.  NBCAM.org lists these symptoms as possible signs that you could have breast cancer and need to be checked by a doctor:

 

  • Any new, hard lump or thickening in any part of the breast
  • Change in breast size or shape
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Swelling, redness or warmth that does not go away
  • Pain in one spot that does not vary with your monthly cycle
  • Pulling in of the nipple
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly and appears only in one breast
  • An itchy, sore, or scaling area on one nipple

 

To find more information on the topic of breast cancer you can visit www.nbcam.org

 

What do you think of the different events taking place this month to raise awareness of breast cancer?

 

How will you help raise awareness about breast cancer this October?

 

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  • kkbklyn By kkbklyn
    11.03.08  

    While Breast Cancer deserves every penny of funding it receives, few are aware that actually, lung cancer kills more women than breast, ovarian, and cervical cancers COMBINED. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

  • GBaker By GBaker
    10.24.08  

    This is nice to see. I was diagnosed in May with stage 2 breast cancer; finished chemo 3 weeks ago, and radiation starts on Monday. I want to check out the site for free mammograms; my Mom needs one and doesn't have insurance. Remember to do your self exams ladies! that's how I found mine.

  • Terri57 By Terri57
    10.24.08  

    This has really come a long ways.To honor those who have lost and to those who have won or are winning this battle.God bless all of them.

  • colonialqueen By colonialqueen
    10.23.08  

    Research has come so far, and it is because we are all becoming more aware. Keep up the good work!

  • jennierae By jennierae
    10.22.08  

    When women unite, good things happen. :)

  • Jjapan By Jjapan
    10.21.08  

    I am glad this is happening. I am glad I read this. Thank-you for sharing how this has touched you pynoblem. It is awesome to read what you are doing.

  • msfriendly By msfriendly
    10.21.08  

    Thank God this is getting the attention we deserve!

  • kkandshellsmommy00 By kkandshellsmommy00
    10.21.08  

    I think that we need to be aware of breast cancer all year round and always supporting it not just during october

  • TraceyS By TraceyS
    10.20.08  

    Thank you Connie!

  • Steelersfan By Steelersfan
    10.20.08  

    I love the picture. I had not seen it before.

    Here is the link to the website to click on the button to provide free mammograms http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=2.

    I am a team captian every year for Relay for Life in honor of several of my friends that are survivors and in memory of my friend Wendy and my Aunt Betty.

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