Today, October 1st, starts Breast Cancer Awareness month – a month dedicated to raising awareness of this disease which will effect 1 in 8 women in the United States. The pink ribbon is now known internationally as the symbol of breast cancer support and awareness. To see where the pink ribbon originated check out the Wikipedia page dedicated to it, by clicking here.
Breast Cancer affects a startling amount of people. In 2015, an estimated 230,000+ new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the US. A scary number. Look around your office, classroom, at the mall, or a sporting event and realize you’re probably looking at many people currently fighting this disease and many that may be affected in the future. For many it can hit close to home.
Most people are aware of Breast Cancer, and maybe even know someone who has had or currently has breast cancer. But how do we build awareness? And how do we help support this cause?
Awareness is key. Awareness comes from sharing the pink ribbon and talking about early detection through screening and mammograms. No one that has ever had a mammogram loves the experience, but the amount of time of discomfort lasts seconds, not minutes or hours. It’s process worth enduring. Self exams and screening are keys to early detection, which can increase the prognosis in certain types of breast cancer.
To do our part to raise awareness of breast cancer, DAVIS is pinking the month of October. In true DAVIS fashion we have pink ribbon pens and highlighters, we have stickers and we have squeezy footballs that are already being thrown around the office.
Join us in raising awareness of Breast Cancer and share your stories with us.