A sea of pink
October is a month that has been transformed into pink.
From the National Football League to other organizations, pink has become the new color of the month.
And, for good reason.
Pink is the chosen color to bring attention to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
It is refreshing to see even an organization like the NFL look past the its traditional policing of uniforms and the almighty dollar to allow players and teams to dress in pink.
Needless to say, while the month officially began on Tuesday, pink will become a staple for the next several weekends.
But pink has reared up in other avenues outside of professional sports.
Here at The Daily Courier, we utilize every Wednesday as our pink day when staff come to work in their best pink regalia. Not everyone has the ability to participate but those who do, do it with vim and vigor.
However, we can’t lose sight of why we do what we do.
Despite all the medical advances of the day, breast cancer is still a mystery. We have yet to discover its origins which means we haven’t discovered a plausible prevention method.
What we do know is what statistics have told us.
Older women are more likely to get it but women in their early years have been diagnosed as well.
We know that one of every 100 cases of breast cancer is a man.
We know white women are more likely than black women to get it and black women are more likely than white women to die from it.
The survival rate has improved with about 90 percent of those diagnosed survive after five years. Most cases don’t have a recurrence and, if detected early enough and confined, that survival rate increases to 99 percent.
What that tells us is early detection and proper treatment are key in beating breast cancer. It also tells us of the importance of timely screenings to enhance the potential of early detection.
There are numerous events throughout the month regarding awareness of breast cancer but it can’t be confined to just one month of the year.
It is important that awareness be heightened every month.
That being said, we hope everyone will see pink this month and keep breast cancer awareness at the forefront all year long.
By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board
The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.