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The first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month program was in October of 1985. The commemoration started as a week-long event to begin a course of public communication about breast cancer. 2009 marked the 25th annual National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The national month to promote awareness of breast cancer has evolved along with our national dialogue about breast cancer. Although there have been great strides made in both the awareness and treatment of breast cancer, there is still much work to be done. National breast cancer awareness advocates remain dedicated to empowering and educating women to take ownership of their own breast health by performing regular self-breast examinations to notice any changes, attending regular physician visits and scheduling annual mammograms with their healthcare provider, adhering to prescribed courses of treatment, and staying current on the facts about breast cancer recurrence.

Today the there are many national public service organizations, government agencies, and professional medical associations that work together to increase breast cancer awareness, share information and provide access to critical screening services. October is officially designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, however breast cancer awareness and education is a year-round mission for many organizations and healthcare providers.

Did you know that:

  • There is a new breast cancer diagnosis every 2 minutes
  • A life is lost to breast cancer every 14 minutes
  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Over 40,000 people will die from breast cancer this year alone; approximately 400 of them will be men. Death rates from breast cancer have been decreasing since 1990
  • 85% of all breast cancer diagnoses have no family history of the disease
  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women from ages 40-55
  • Over 190,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed annually in American women, along with over 60,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer
  • Over $8 billion is spent in the US on treatment of breast cancer annually
  • As of 2008, there were over 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in America
  • The highest risk factors for breast cancer are gender (just being a woman) and age (just getting older)
  • The best way to find breast cancer early is with a mammogram. If you are a woman age 40 years or older, ask your doctor about having a screening mammogram every one to two years

In the United States, breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women. Although the breast cancer diagnosis rate has increased, there has been a steady drop in the overall breast cancer death rate since the early 1990's. While fewer African Americans get breast cancer compared to Caucasians, a higher percentage will die of the disease. Women of other racial and ethnic groups have both lower incidence and death rates from breast cancer.

The pink ribbon has grown to represent the international symbol of breast cancer awareness. In 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation distributed pink ribbons to at its race for breast cancer survivors in New York. In 1992 Alexandra Penney (editor-in-chief of Self Magazine) and Evelyn Lauder (SVP at Estee Lauder) came up with the idea to create a pink ribbon distribute them at stores in New York City.

Today, pink ribbons show up everywhere. Some breast cancer-related organizations, such as Pink Ribbon International, use pink ribbon as their primary organizational branding symbols. Every October thousands of products are marked with pink ribbons, dyed pink, or otherwise sold with the promise that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to support breast cancer awareness or research. The first breast cancer awareness stamp in America, featuring a pink ribbon, was sold 1996. Every year, Tafford offers a line of pink ribbon scrubs and has partnered with organizations such as the American Cancer Society to contribute to breast cancer research. Our customers, especially those that work in women's health fields, appreciate the ability to wear breast cancer scrubs and demonstrate their support for the important cause of breast cancer research. We also feature a variety of other items to support breast cancer awareness including pink ribbon watches, breast cancer stethoscopes, pink ribbon shirts, breast cancer socks, and even pink ribbon key chains.