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Breast Cancer Awareness Month And What It Means

By Edited Feb 1, 2016 0 0

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Decades ago breast cancer was hardly spoken about and something organized for women like Breast Cancer Awareness Month and certainly making people aware of the issue would not be as popular as it is today. Certainly the baby boomers growing up in the 60’s were not inundated with female breast cancer issues or Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However in 1937 President Roosevelt signed the National Cancer Act. In 1954 they started into the anti-smoking campaign. The progression was that National Breast Cancer Awareness Month began in 1985 between the American Cancer Society (ACS) and a pharmaceutical arm of Imperial Chemical Industries, a British chemical company and breast cancer began to seep into the public’s awareness.

A Short History

Actually breast cancer might be one of the earliest known tumors recognized in people. A description is known in Egypt from about 1600 BC with a papyrus, a kind of paper, talks about some cases of tumors of the breast. This is well before Breast Cancer Awareness Month was thought of. It added there was no treatment and this conclusion apparently continued for ages. Sometime during the 17th century physicians began to understand things like we have blood moving through our bodies and also there may be a link between the armpit’s lymph nodes and breast cancer. Centuries later this led to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Think Pink All Month And All Year Long

Awareness Month is linked to pink ribbons because pink is associated with females and femininity. In fall 1991, The Susan G. Komen for the Cure handed out pink ribbons to breast cancer survivors who ran in the race held in NYC. Pink ribbons were adopted as the official symbol of the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1992. The month of breast cancer awareness is October and many food retailers now participate by creating pink themed containers then donate a portion of the monies.

Why This Month Is So Very Important

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is important because unlike the US not all countries are as developed as we are and it still remains a killer if left undetected. So by having a month that is recognized all around the world means that the message of early detection eventually gets around the world to women everywhere.

An Idea That Has Spread Around The World

The initial name for the American Cancer Society was the American Society for the Control of Cancer which was formed in 1913 in the US by a group of physicians and business men as a campaign to educate the public about controlling cancer. During the 70’s and 80’s the ACS got involved in other cancers as well which the two most researched being breast and cervical cancer. Thus in 1985 with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, breast cancer became a well talked about topic and it has grown throughout the world and Breast Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated world-wide. The aim of this very important month is to promote mammography as the best method to detect the cancer early on.



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