Thursday, October 9, 2008

White House=Pink House

Congrats to First Lady Laura Bush, who illuminated the White House in a Pink Glow Tuesday night in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Facts you should know:

  • Congress designated October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985.
  • The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month program, administered by the American Cancer Society, is dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of the early detection.
  • Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer in women and the second most common cause of cancer death in women in the U.S.
  • The ACS says that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Recent heightened awareness of breast cancer risk has led to an increase in the number of women undergoing screening, leading to detection of cancers in earlier stages and an improval in survival rates.
  • The ACS recommends that all women aged 40 and over should be screened for breast cancer every year.
  • The ACS also recommends monthly self-examinations as a helpful deterrent.
  • Men can get breast cancer. The disease is responsible for about 1 percent of cancer deaths in men.
  • If someone in your family has or had breast cancer, you may be at higher risk of getting the disease yourself.
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists focusing on the Breast Cancer Fight. Visit their site to learn more.

13 comments:

Kathy said...

Don’t rely on just a Mammogram as detection for Breast Cancer. My sister had her Mammogram and it was “clean”. Four months later during a self examination she detected a lump. She is now undergoing Chemo and fighting Breast Cancer. Self Examination is VERY important.

Thank You for this post. I too need to do a post about Breast Cancer.

Lynda said...

The White House looks "pretty in pink."

Lorie said...

How great is that!! I love the Pink house!!

Blog Stalker said...

What a great way to continue to bring awareness to breast cance. If you think about eight women you know and that one might develop breast cancer........it can be quite frightning.

Great post and thanks for the link.

Have a great day!

gingela5 said...

Oh that's so cool! And way to go Laura for doing that! That's great!

Marrdy said...

Saw this on the news last night and its the best thing that could happen during an election year!!

We have got to find a cure soon. I have a 35 year old friend with 5 young children who is battling this right now. Curse Cancer!

christie said...

Beautiful photo! Thanks so much for the facts! It's always a good thing to spread awareness

m~ said...

What a great way to honer BCA month.

Melissa B. said...

Thanks for the post! Awareness is the key to fighting this horrific disease! I also saw this on the new, and was mighty impressed.

Z's Mom said...

Great picture and GREAT post! My aunt just found out she has breast cancer. She already survived colon cancer.....

We need a cure!!!

Brandy said...

That's so cool. Are we sure it the first lady's idea and not Paris Hilton? LOL!

Desi said...

I think I prefer the Pink House..

ihchicky said...

I love the picture! What a neat idea. Also, I didn't realize that Breast Cancer Awareness month started over 20 years ago! You learn something new every day. Thanks for the info. :)