Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you will probably see a lot more people wearing pink, especially athletes!  You can’t miss the NFL players wearing pink wrist bands, shoes, and other pink attire, promoting the cause.  For the past twenty-eight years, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has encouraged awareness and education regarding breast cancer, which is the most common cancer in women, with the exception of skin cancers.  Men have breast tissue, and can get breast cancer, even though it is not as common as in women. 

National public service associations such as the American Cancer Society, medical associations, and government agencies have all joined together in promoting breast cancer issues.  Breast Cancer Awareness Month is also observed internationally during October, with many charities raising funds for research.  According to the National Cancer Institute, age is the single most important risk factor.  Other things to consider are:

  •        Family history;
  •        Body weight;
  •        Lack of physical activity;
  •        Alcohol consumption;
  •        Smoking;
  •        Consuming unhealthy foods;
  •        Alteration of certain genes. 

Women over 40 are urged to get an annual mammogram, and follow up each year.  Physicians or mammography centers can show women how to do self-exams, as well.  Surprisingly, one-half of breast cancer cases show up in women over age 65; therefore, they should continue getting mammograms through their 70’s. 

In promoting the pink theme, Texas America Safety Company has several pink types of safety wear made especially for working women:  hardhats, safety glasses, work gloves, and earmuffs for hearing protection.  Why not check these out and start supporting awareness of breast cancer and other cancers, as well as sporting your feminine side?  Spread the word at work or play, just as those big strong football players are doing! 

You will see all types of benefits and activities in October, bringing attention to this very important issue that affects thousands.  If you see a man wearing pink, tell him “thanks”.  Chances are he has a mom, grandmother, wife, or daughter that he hopes won’t have to face breast cancer, or that he knows someone who is fighting the battle.  There are over 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in our country, thanks to the hard work that cancer research and medical technology have provided.  Survivors of breast cancer or any other type of cancer are to be commended for the battles they have waged. 

Do your part by wearing pink this month!



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