Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon
by Joel Jacobson
What is the Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon?
If you know of someone who has breast cancer, or has had it in the past, the Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon can be a great way to show your support for the fight against breast cancer and to become more aware of the issues related to fighting the disease.
The Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon is the symbol for breast cancer awareness which was invented in 1991 by Evelyn H. Lauder. The ribbon not only stands for awareness, but for the sisterhood that will help women survive – and conquer – breast cancer.
One out of 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. A woman will die from breast cancer every twelve minutes. Increased awareness and the breast cancer pink ribbon will help make people aware of this and keep it in the forefront. Being diagnosed with breast cancer is no longer the death sentence it used to be. Millions of women go on to live long and productive lives.
While wearing the breast cancer pink ribbon is a great show of support, much more can be done. A great site to check out is the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
One of the areas of the site dispels some of the myths about breast cancer.
MYTH: finding a lump in your breast means you have cancer.
FACT: Eight out of ten lumps find in the breast are benign. Regular visits to the doctor, self-exams, and mammograms will help early detection and prevention.
MYTH: Men don’t get breast cancer
FACT: 1,600 men get will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 400 will die. Although the percentage of men who are diagnosed with breast cancer is small, men should give themselves a monthly exam and note any changes to their physicians.
MYTH: Having a family history of breast cancer means you will get breast cancer.
FACT: While women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history.
With the onset of new technology within the last 20 years, more strides are being made each day to getting closer to finding a cure for breast cancer. By wearing the breast cancer pink ribbon, you are making people aware of this issue. And awareness helps raise money to help fund new research into finding a cure.
A very informative site is the National Breast Cancer Foundation. It talks about myths; early detection, answers questions, and has a lot of useful information.
If you’re interested in supporting a wonderful cause like finding a cure and helping prevent breast cancer, then the breast cancer pink ribbon is definitely something you should consider wearing.
Mr. Jacobson is a freelance writer, web designer, and product design engineer. He's an avid fisherman who loves to northern and musky fish. He and his wife recently adopted two infant girls from Russia, and that keeps them quite busy.