Think Pink: October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Matthew Howerton

North Kansas City’s fountain represents growing up in life. Along with the pink water, this shows breast cancer should not stop a life. This fountain is located at Burlington and MO 9, in front of the Kansas City Water Department.

Matthew Howerton, Staff Writer

Bring out the pink: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Pink is in. Fountains, sports, schools, offices, and people are showing the pink for October.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and early prevention is the biggest key to fighting breast cancer.

Many women are affected by breast cancer in the United States yearly.

According to statistics from, breast cancer is the number one most common cancer in women.

The commonality ranges from young to old, and the average age of commonality is around 61.

One in 8 women in America will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.

In 2010, an estimated number of 39,840 women were expected to die after diagnosis.

And breast cancer does not just affect women. Less than 1 percent of all new diagnoses are of men.

Breast cancer is life threatening, and these numbers can be limited and changed by knowing the symptoms early.

Give yourself a monthly breast exam. Check for any lumps, pain, tenderness, and abnormalities.

Also get an annual physical exam and mammograms, and know your family health history.

To alert others about breast cancer, wear pink articles of clothing or a pink ribbon to show that you care about the fight against breast cancer.