Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and is typically symbolized through the color pink. The official day for breast cancer awareness is Oct. 13 and many companies that contribute to breast cancer research encourage people to wear pink on Oct. 22.

   Chaley Franklin (11) comments, “I think breast cancer awareness is important because it affects so many people and we should stand with them in their time of need.”

  Riley Kluczynski (11) agrees that “this month is really important. It allows everyone to be educated about the disease, and it raises awareness and donations.”

  The movement for breast cancer awareness began in 1985, and has quickly grown into a widespread national movement. It was initially a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, according to the Brevard Health Alliance. The goal has always been to educate women on breast cancer and to promote detection tests for the disease such as mammograms. 

  Many sports organizations, such as the NFL, are very supportive. During the month of October many players and coaches fashion pink clothes and equipment. Charities to support include Breast Cancer Research and Foundation, National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund and Breast Cancer Prevention Partners. 

  Chaley Franklin (11) also shares, “My step-grandmother survived breast cancer, and through her experiences she was able to work closely with Breast Cancer Angels for many years. I’m so grateful for them, they’ve impacted my life so much and they help so many people every year. If you know someone who needs that help and support, I suggest Breast Cancer Angels, they’ve been working through Covid and they work through troubled times so they can help everyone who comes to them.”

  Breast Cancer Angels is based in Cypress, California. They provide both financial and emotional assistance to those with breast cancer. 

  Breast Cancer Awareness in the month of October allows for the issue of breast cancer to gain exposure, and has led to much more research to finding a cure. It has greatly benefitedL  those who have been impacted by the disease and continues to raise awareness each year.