Editorial: Our colors will include some pink

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 06:37 PM

Ready for some pink football?

From the NFL to the high school ranks, the days of football players seeing a camera and mouthing “Hi, Mom!” are so 1970s. They’re long gone.

There’s still love for moms, but now it’s through football players wearing pink. The NFL is notorious for policing of uniforms, but even the big behemoth of the dollar sign has allowed the players to bring attention to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

It began officially on Tuesday. We’re expecting pink at most every turn for our next several weekends.

And not just at football games. We’d not be surprised to see it at plenty of other sporting events, or around town, on television, just about anywhere.

Two weeks from today, Maria Parham Medical Center will be hosting its third annual free breast exam. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 17 — save the date.

Hats off to the hospital and its other sponsors: Warren County Free Clinic, Susan G. Komen For the Cure and the Rural Health Group.

Despite the advances that have been made, breast cancer still has mystery. We don’t know how it originates, so we don’t know of prevention. We know older women are more likely to get it, but we know women in their 20s have been diagnosed as well.

We know white women are more likely than black women to get breast cancer, and we know black women are more likely than white women to die from breast cancer. We know that one of every 100 cases of breast cancer is in a man.

Men Against Breast Cancer was founded in 1999 to help educate and empower men as they provide support to their spouses. Rest assured, the caregivers are not to be forgotten in what it means to fight breast cancer.

Survival of at least five years after being diagnosed is good, about 90 percent. The majority does not have a recurrence. If detected early and confined to the breast, the five-year survival rate jumps to 99 percent.

In other words, early detection and treatment are pivotal in beating the disease. Screenings are important and encouraged.

Even if not touched by the disease yet, we hope everyone will see the pink in October, be aware, and respond accordingly.