“In the Pink…


“In the Pink”

Are you in the pink?  The NFL is with its players wearing pink gloves, pink cleats, pink captain’s patches, and other apparel during games.  The greenhouse of the Botanical Garden of Curitiba in Southern Brazil is literally in the pink bathed as it is in pink lights.  The cosmetics company Estee Lauder is offering its pink collection of jeweled pins, lipsticks, and makeup cases to put thousands of its customers in the pink.  If you haven’t figured it out, yet, all this pink stands for Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2012.

Recently, several StateWide Ford associates and about 17,000 other participants walked in the 19th Annual Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure in Toledo.  Many do the Race for the Cure in memoriam of one who died of the disease and others race in support of a survivor or of someone still fighting breast cancer.  It is just one of many events and fundraisers throughout the world during the month of October.  Along with many other local events the Van Wert YWCA has its Breast Cancer Awareness run during October.  Though a small city, Van Wert is not at all small in its early detection modalities with Van Wert County Hospital Medical Imaging’s state-of-the-art Breast Specific Gamma Imaging and Digital Mammography in service since 2009.

Who among us does not know someone touched by this widespread disease?  Most of us have a close relative affected by breast cancer.  Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. It is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races. It is the most prevalent cancer in the world today, with about 1.3 million people diagnosed annually. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure. But, there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before.  www.komen.org , offers a one-stop resource for all the latest information on the disease including risk factors, early detection and screening, diagnosis and treatment.

If you are at risk for breast cancer, get tested.  Encourage someone you know to get screened.  You don’t have to wait for this month to do something about breast cancer.  However, it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so don’t just stand there, get In the Pink!