Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awarness Month. The NBCAM is all about raising money and campaigning throughout the world. This health campaign is organized by many charities to help increase awareness of the disease and raise funds for reasearch of prevention, cure, treatment, and diagnosis. According to the American Cancer Society “One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.” Each year, it is estimated that over 1.7 million women around the world will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 571,000 will die. Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year. The pink ribbon has become an emblem that symbolizes breast cancer and it is seen on thousands of items like clothing. Breast Cancer Awareness Month should be a motivation to give what you can and volunteer to make a difference!

To start October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, First Lady Melania Trump lit the White House with pink lighting on the 1st of October. Around the world, everyone is being supportive and working hard to come together to raise money, run races, spread the color pink. Sophmore Shania Lewis said, “ I look forward to supporting others that are going through the hardships of breast cancer.” Many schools, including Riverbend High School, have “pink out” sporting events to enhance the support this month. There are also 5K runs for survivors and individual influenced to join the fight. Sophmore Madison Adam said, “ I particularly dye my hair for this month because I had an aunt who passed away and I understand the sadness.” Those who have lost a loved one or just those who support the cause help others affected in some way.. With all the efforts taking place this month, research will increasingly improve over time to find the more ways of prevention, recovery, and hopefully a cure.