It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Photo Courtesy of Breast Cancer Awareness
Aren’t these pink pumpkins gorgeous!  What could be better than these beautiful pink pumpkins to remind us of Breast Cancer Awareness Month?  I was delighted that my mammogram came back normal this month. What a relief.  I dread having my annual mammogram, but I have learned the importance of setting my dread aside and scheduling my appointment. Ten minutes of discomfort is far better than months of radiation, chemo and all the other steps that must be taken to fight this disease.  

Even so I sit for weeks praying that everything comes back normal, and until I receive the call from my doctor I’m holding my breath.  I’ve watched so many women fight this awful disease with tenacity and win, but I’ve also watched those who have lost their battle.   

I know that the best course of action is examination of my breast at home for early detection and my mammogram.  It is advised that all women start having one at age 40 and if you have a history of breast cancer in your family age 35.  This year, there were more than 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the United States.  Approximately 85% of the women diagnosed had no family history of breast cancer.  

Breast cancer knows no boundaries, it affects women in all races and age groups.  Early detection is key ladies.  

The History of the Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I wanted to recognize this important fact on my blog, but I wanted to do something more than display the pink ribbon this month. As I was deciding what, a question crossed my mind. What’s the history behind the ribbon? We all know what it signifies, but how did it come about? How many people are aware of how this ribbon originated.

I decided to goggle to find my answer. It seems a lady by the name of Charlotte Haley used the ribbon in 1990 when her daughter, grandma and sister were diagnosed with breast cancer. She starting making peach ribbons and attaching them to cards to raise awareness of the National Cancer Institutes’ lack of funding for research and handing them out at the grocery store.

In 1991, Evelyn Lauder, breast cancer survivor, of the Estee’ Lauder Corporation and Alexandra Penney of Self Magazine wanted to use the concept in Self Magazine to recognize breast cancer awareness month. They contacted Charlotte Haley to request use of the peach ribbon; however, Charlotte declined. She believed that it would commericalize the concept, her story was personal.

Evelyn Lauder and Alexandra Penney were determined to use the ribbon concept, so they went to their legal departments. It was decided they could use the ribbon; however, the color had to be changed. They choose pink. The rest is history.

Giggles & Sugar Kisses proudly displays the pink ribbon each October. Please leave us a comment how you’re promoting Breast Cancer Awareness on your blog.
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