October is the month of pink. We’ll see pink t-shirts, pink bags, pink soccer balls, pink rubber breast cancer awareness bracelets. In a single NFL football game, we’ll see pink penalty flags, pink sweatbands, pink mouthpieces, and pink socks. On the street, pink umbrellas, pink handkerchiefs, pink smartphone cases. And, of course, everywhere we’ll see the pink ribbon.
It was Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate VP of the Estée Lauder Companies and co-founder of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, who came up with the idea of the pink ribbon as the symbol for breast cancer awareness. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an international campaign to raise funds for research and build awareness of the cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of breast cancer.
We have a long way to go, but we’ve already learned a lot about breast cancer. Below are links to a list of resources to help you learn more. The more you know, the more you can help.
Detect the disease in its early stages. Be proactive about your health by reminding yourself to perform routine breast self-exams and to schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms, depending on your age and health history.
Find events. Support a walker or a team.
Volunteer Learning Center
Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection
Prevent and detect breast cancer early. Understand factors that may affect your risk of breast cancer and what you can do to stay healthy.
Beast Cancer Treatment, Support and Research
“Information for cancer survivors and their loved ones to them help understand a breast cancer diagnosis, navigate treatment options, learn about the free programs and services the American Cancer Society offers, and explore the latest breast cancer research.”
Breast Cancer Learning Product and Resources
Designed to help the public health community diagnose, manage symptoms, educate patients, and address public health issues regarding breast cancer.