Pink ribbons, the symbol for National Breast Cancer Awareness are popping up all over town.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Professional football fans have noticed that some of their favorite on field tough guys are wearing pink shoes or gloves. Why? The NFL, one of hundreds of corporate and civic organizations "wearing pink" this month, has joined the American Cancer Society to bring awareness to a disease that affects 1 in 8 women in North America. Locally, you'll see pink ribbons everywhere as churches, businesses, and health care providers join the NFL and the ACS, in the fight against breast cancer.
The pink ribbon became the symbol for breast cancer awareness in 1993, when the Susan G. Komen Foundation sponsored a New York City foot race for survivors of breast cancer; race sponsors gave each runner a pink ribbon to commemorate their victory over a disease that claims the lives of nearly 500,000 women each year. In 1993, the Estee Lauder Company popularized the pink ribbon and funded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which uses a pink ribbon as its organizational emblem.
Throughout October and into November, mammograms will be available to Carroll County residents at easily accessible mobile imaging units in area parking lots such as Wal-Mart. Be sure to watch the Carroll County News for times and dates.