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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

"Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2022 by supporting those diagnosed, honoring survivors, and raising awareness of and educating each other on this complex disease. We encourage our community to learn about and advocate for breast cancer testing and research and celebrate the survivors in our community and beyond."

Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME)

"During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we rededicate ourselves to supporting patients and their families, boosting access to care, and raising awareness about the life-saving importance of early screening.  We honor all those we have lost to this terrible disease and celebrate the courageous survivors and advocates fighting to beat it, along with the loved ones and medical providers who have their backs every day." 

A Proclamation on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 2022

"Breast Cancer Awareness Month began in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries. Betty Ford helped kick off the week-long event, as she was herself a survivor of breast cancer. She was diagnosed when her husband, Gerald Ford, was president of the United States and brought even more attention to breast cancer.

"The early goal of Breast Cancer Awareness Month was to educate women about breast cancer and early detection tests so that they could take charge of their breast health. One of their key goals that they wanted to achieve was to promote mammograms as an important tool to be used in the fight against breast cancer.

"During the month of October, breast cancer survivors and those with breast cancer are celebrated and encouraged to share their stories. The month is also dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research and other related causes."

- From "A Brief History of Breast Cancer Awareness Month" by Brevard Health Alliance

Image of a pink ribbon

Image Credit: Verch, M. (2021). Breast cancer awareness month banner with pink ribbon. Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/30478819@N08/50847211501