Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month in many parts of the world. Breast cancer awareness is an effort to increase recognition of the disease and reduce the shame brought on to one by education on symptoms and treatment. Greater knowledge of this disease can increase early detection and survival rates amongst those who might be living with it. Money that is raised for breast cancer goes toward a reliable permanent cure.
Breast cancer awareness advocates raise funds and provide needed knowledge and patient empowerment. Educational campaigns are held along with free or low cost services. We all associate breast cancer with the prominent symbol of the Pink Ribbon.
October is also Red Ribbon Week, which is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. It began as a tribute to fallen DEA special agent Enrique Camerena in 1985.