What Happens After the Pink Ribbons Go Away?
When you think of October, you undoubtedly think of two things—Halloween and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This comes as no surprise, as Halloween decorations have been in the stores since the 4th of July and it seems like every company is now fundraising for breast cancer research. Every product manufactured seems to have the pink ribbon on it (http://pinkribbon.org/about/history/), your favorite sports team dons pink jerseys or cleats, stores donate proceeds from the sales of certain items, and even bakeries make special ribbon bagels or treats for the month. All of these efforts have led to billions of dollars raised for breast cancer research, which in itself is outstanding! (http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20235965,00.html)
But what happens once the pink ribbons go away and the Thanksgiving meal is in the oven?
Breast cancer is still the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with it in her lifetime. With those odds, most of us can say we have a mother, sister, aunt, cousin, or friend who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. However, it is important to remember that those statistics don’t change outside of the month of October. And—most important—that the battle against breast cancer is not a month long.
With less than a week left in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there are still ways you can get involved or donate.
However, remember that come November 1, there are still hundreds of thousands of women continuing the fight. Do you know someone who has had breast cancer or is currently undergoing treatment? Reach out to her. Let her know that she is not invisible, not forgotten, and not alone even after the pink ribbons go away.
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