October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and was first nationally recognized in 1985. The initial aim was to increase the early detection of the disease by encouraging women to get mammograms. It eventually grew in popularity, and each year more and more attention was presented on this issue. The month is represented by the pink ribbon, which symbolizes breast cancer.
The goals are breast cancer now are as follows:
• Reduce the stigma of Breast Cancer through education on prevention, symptoms and treatment
• Greater knowledge will lead to earlier detection of breast cancer and long-term survival rates
• Money raised will produce a reliable, permanent cure