by Joel Jacobson
So what the heck is so special about a Pink Bracelet anyway? You may have seen some people wearing them and thought they were a new fashion trend or something.
What the pink bracelet stands for is breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer affects roughly 186,000 women every year, and kills around 43,000 in the U.S, and effects over a million women worldwide. That’s why it is so vitally important to keep it in the forefront and in everyone’s mind and to keep fighting for a cure.
The pink bracelet helps remind us all to keep up the fight. It also helps to raise money for breast cancer research programs.
Many more women are surviving breast cancer today than ever before. Because of the pink bracelet and numerous other fund raisers, breast cancer treatments have come a long way. Women are living longer now than ever before with the disease.
Breast cancer is considered a heterogeneous disease meaning that it is a different disease in different women. Generally, breast cancer is much more aggressive of a disease in younger women than older women.
The Pink Bracelet will hopefully help remind you of breast cancer and some of the risk factors associated with breast cancer.
Here are some of the risk factors associated with breast cancer
- Early onset of menses and late menopause prior to the age of 12 and menopause after 50 causes increased risk of developing breast cancer.
- Diets that are high in saturated fat, corn oil and meat are high in polyunsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fats such as canola and olive oil do not appear to increase risk of breast cancer.
- A family history of breast cancer can be a risk factor. Patients with a family history of breast cancer are at an increased risk. However, 85% of woman with breast cancer have a negative family history of the disease.
If you or anyone you know has breast cancer, then the pink bracelet would be a great way to show your support and awareness of this disease. By buying and wearing these bracelets, you help pay for mammograms and increase awareness.
A wonderful site to look into and support is the breast cancer site. Click on the “fund free mammogram” area to help raise money for free mammograms for the needy. It’s a great program to participate in along with the wearing of the pink bracelet.
If you’re looking to support someone you love that has breast cancer or just want to help raise awareness and money for a great cause, the pink bracelet is the gift that keeps on giving.
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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.