October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
In 1985, the first Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM)
was observed in the United States. In the US this event is referred to as National Breast
Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM).
Initially, the aim of this event was to increase the early
detection of breast cancer by encouraging women to have mammograms. As many women know, a mammogram is an
x-ray of the breast used to detect abnormalities in breast tissue. Early
detection means that cancer can be more effectively treated and prevented from
spreading to other areas of the body.
The Color Pink &The Pink Ribbon
With the founding of The Breast Cancer
Research Foundation in 1993, the pink ribbon, which had previously been used to
symbolize breast cancer, was chosen as the symbol for breast cancer awareness.
The color pink itself, at times, has been
used to striking effect in raising breast cancer awareness. Many famous
buildings and landmarks across the globe have been illuminated in pink light
during this event; Sydney’s Harbor Bridge, Japan’s Tokyo Tower and Canada’s
Niagara Falls to name a few.
Due to the success of this awareness event,
for many people, the breast cancer awareness ribbons are now associated with
breast cancer awareness.
The third Friday in October each year is
National Mammography Day, first proclaimed by President Clinton in 1993. On this day, or throughout the month, women
are encouraged to make a mammogram appointment.
The Bonnie Bus Mobile Mammography with be at
the Ritchie Regional Harrisville Site on December 6, 2019 8am- 4:00pm
The Staff of Ritchie Regional Health Center
will wear pink in observance of breast cancer awareness day on October 18th.