Friday, September 30, 2011

Pink Saturday

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month..
Do your part..

Breast Cancer Awareness Month | When it’s OK to say bOObies in public

As most of us already know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Pink Ribbons are everywhere! So…we decided to try and provide a little context to what this whole breast cancer hullabaloo is about. ('cause its not just an excuse to say "boobies" and "tatas" !!)

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) Organization

The NBCAM  was founded in 1985 by AstraZeneca with the purpose of promoting breast cancer awarenesssharing information on the diseaseand providing better access to screening services (mammograms).  They also placed an emphasis on encouraging mammograms as the most valuable tool in the fight against breast cancer. Reason being….early detection is crucial! Their website ( has some great resources, including how to find a Mammography Center in your area.

The Pink Ribbon

The most common symbol we see for breast cancer awareness is the Pink Ribbon. They are widely used to demonstrate our support for women (and men) who have Breast Cancer, and were first handed out by the Susan G. Komen Foundation in 1991 at the Race for the Cure in New York City.  The ribbon started to become well known a few years later when editor-in-chief of Self magazine, Alexandra Penney placed the pink ribbon on her NBCAM issue of Self Magazine & enlisted Evelyn Lauder of Estee Lauder to distribute them at Estee Lauder Counters.  Over the years, we have seen this pink ribbon displayed in all shapes and styles:

Breast Cancer Statistics and Information

According to the National Cancer Institute, there are over 194,000 new cases and 40,000 deaths per year in the U.S. In addition, there are currently over 2.5 million women alive who have had a history of breast cancer. Here are a couple other quick facts:
  • 12% of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer some time in their life
  • 60% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed while the cancer is still confined to the primary site (localized stage)
  • From 2002-2006, the median age at diagnosis for cancer of the breast was 61 years of age
  • The overall 5-year relative survival rate is about 90%

Breast Cancer Video: Show your Support

There are many things you can do to get involved and show your support such as donating money, wearing a pink ribbon or volunteering your time at a local fundraising event.

How You can Help

Breast Cancer Awareness is not just for people with cancer, its not just for women, and its not all done in one month. The prevalence of this disease is so abundant that almost everyone is affected. We would like to encourage everyone to go get screened, or at least to pass along the message to someone who should.You can browse our directory to find a Cancer Imaging and Screening facility near you. Also, we would love to hear about what you are doing this month…be it running, walking or skydiving for a cure. Please drop some comments below and let us know how you are making a difference!

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What are you doing to show your support?
Please walk, run, jog on over to Beverly's  for Pink Saturday!


  1. Happy Pink Saturday! We will be posting support for this awesome cause next Pink Saturday. Awesome post!!!

    ~Mermaids of the Lake, Debbie and Shelley

  2. Just love the top photo and the kittens with the pink collars. So clever and us in this house we have all had our mammograms! Save the tatas!

  3. Great Post!
    Thank you for sharing the stats, some of the information I did not know.
    Happy Pink Saturday!

  4. Wonderful info on breast cancer! I am a huge supporter of this cause. My Aunt had breast cancer and I lost a good friend to this disease. Go Pink! I will have my Mammo this month as always.
    hugs, Linda

  5. Happily I can claim that I fall into the 90% of survivors because of REGULAR mamos.
    In my case one year I was normal and the next year I was one of the 60% digagnosed while cancer was in primary site!
    It's now seven years for me!!
    Early detection saves lives ladies!!
    Good post! Thank you!

  6. I love Saturdays, lots of Pinktastic stuff to see. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pink!

    My Pink is here, hope you can come by and see. Have a great week weekend!

  7. I still have friends that just wont' go and get one. Maybe this post will help them make that life saving decision.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams


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