Every year, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is recognized during October. Many organizations support this by adding pink ribbons to their products or encouraging their employees to wear pink. There are also many fundraising activities that take place to raise money for a cure for this type of cancer. However, most people are not aware of the history surrounding breast cancer awareness month.
The History of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or NBCAM, first started in October of 1985. At that time, it was a partnership between the American Cancer Society and Imperial Chemical Industries, a producer of many anti-cancer breast cancer drugs. At the time, the campaign was designed to make more women aware of the importance of mammograms and how frequently they needed one. If more women followed through, early detection could save lives. Since that time, more companies have become involved, and a month-long awareness campaign has turned into a major fundraising and awareness campaign.
How Race for the Cure Got Started
In 1980, Susan G. Komen passed away at the age of 36 from cancer. Her family felt that if she had gotten regular screenings and knew what the warning signs were, her cancer might have been detected earlier and her life could have been saved. They held the first walk in her honor in October of 1983 in Dallas, Texas. The money would help raise awareness for breast cancer screening and detection. Since then, the race has gotten larger and is held in cities around the country. By 2002, over 1.3 million people participated in the walk. This fundraising and awareness event continues to grow each year.
What the Pink Ribbon Stands For
The pink ribbon associated with breast cancer symbolizes the awareness of this illness. But many people also use it to recognize the loss of a loved one from breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has always used the color pink in their advertising and promotional materials since they were founded in the early 1980s. By the mid-1980s, their logo incorporated a pink ribbon. In 1991, they began to hand out pink ribbons to all race participants. In 1993, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation adopted the pink ribbon as its symbol as well.
What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Testing if You are a Senior
As you age, breast cancer testing changes. If you are between the ages of 50-69, doctors recommend that you have a mammogram done every other year. If you have not had clean scans or have a family history of breast cancer, your doctor may recommend more frequent testing. It is recommended to continue to be screened every other year between the ages of 70 to 74. However, mammograms are typically stopped at the age of 75, as research has not shown there is much benefit to those receiving them at this age.
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