October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 2010 marks the 25th year since the first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) was declared in 1985.

My office is celebrating this anniversary in a special way – by wearing pink exam gloves.   These pink gloves that our caregivers are wearing are a visible reminder that early detection and prevention is key. Mammography remains the single most effective method of detecting breast cancer in an early, treatable stage. If all women received regular screenings and mammograms after turning 40, the death rate would fall by another 20 to 30 percent.”

In addition to raising awareness, these cute pink gloves are helping provide free mammograms to women who cannot afford them. Medline, the manufacturer, contributes money for every case of Generation Pink gloves purchased to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization that has provided over 130,000 free screenings since 2004.

If you haven’t seen this video, go visit pinkglovedance.com.

And get your mammograms!

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