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October recognized more and more with pink PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican News Editor

Just about everywhere we look this month, we see pink.
And, I would guess about 90 percent of the population knows why—that’s the color for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
That’s a good thing, and it’s probably because most of us have a relative or friend who has dealt with or died from the disease.
One of my favorite sights this month are the pro football players wearing pink shoes, socks and armbands at their games.
Another are the creative ways retailers have in promoting awareness. We have many outlets right here in Imperial offering special pink items this month promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
But, what tops the list for me is seeing all of those breast cancer survivors, now again strong, taking part in a cancer prevention walk or other event.
During October, we learn again how the disease can be spotted early—mammograms continue to be the best way to find breast cancer early, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Also, an annual exam by your doctor and regular self exams all help to stay on top of any early symptoms that may show up.
Just like most other major disease, we can make other efforts on our own to lower the risk of getting the breast cancer—controlling weight, exercise, quit smoking and limit alcohol use.
Unfortunately, breast cancer continues to take its toll. Thousands still die from the disease every year.
It doesn’t hurt to have this October emphasis put on breast cancer awareness each year. It always gets me thinking about making those efforts to help cut my risk for the disease. We all should.