Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Gisselle Rodriguez and Natalie Velasco

 Why is October Breast Cancer Awareness month? This month became nationally recognized in 1985, and initially, the aim was to increase the early detection of the disease by encouraging women to have mammograms. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer earlier on. When finding out if you have breast cancer it is better to know earlier on so that it is easier to treat and before it can get any more worse. 

During October, people all over the world show their support in forms of annual campaigns to raise awareness of the impact Breast Cancer has. Having a month dedicated to breast cancer has made a bigger impact against the disease with its awareness being spread.  The campaigns that happen all help out in funding for more research in beating breast cancer, treatments, and what causes this cancer to appear. Wearing pink during October is a popular way for many people to honor breast cancer survivors, remembering those who have lost their lives to the disease, and to support in defeating breast cancer. 

The pink ribbon that symbolizes breast cancer was a promise, this promise being from a woman by the name Nancy G. Brinker to her dying sister Susan G. Komen. The promise was to do what she could to end breast cancer. The pink ribbon is a level of awareness that is seen all over the world, it is now a worldwide symbol.