Why do we celebrate breast cancer awareness? Awareness surrounding breast cancer is incredibly important as early detection, often through screening, can catch the disease when it is most treatable. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers.
Who started the breast cancer awareness? Who Started it? Breast Cancer Awareness Month began in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries. Betty Ford helped kick off the week-long event, as she was herself a survivor of breast cancer.
Why is the Ribbon pink for breast cancer? During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and throughout the year—people wear pink ribbons to honor survivors, remember those lost to the disease, and to support the progress we are making together to defeat breast cancer.
How can we promote breast cancer awareness?
- Spread the news: mammograms save lives.
- Raise awareness about risk factors.
- Share survivor stories.
- Become an ambassador.
- Take part in national, regional and local fundraising events.
- Raise awareness of helpful resources, care services and support groups.