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Annandale Firefighters Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Look for firefighters in the county wearing pink on their emergency calls

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is showing their support by donning pink T-shirts on their emergency calls. The , Station 408 (pictured above), is one of many stations around the county participating.

The campaign, which began on Oct. 17, will last through Friday, Oct, 21. According to the news release, donations to pay for the pink shirts came from "local employee groups, Fairfax County Local 2068, Fairfax County Progressive Firefighters, Inc., UnitedHealthcare, and others."

Did you know:

  • Breast Cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and is the leading cause of cancer death among women worldwide.
  • Every 23 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths among women in the United States.

For more facts about breast cancer, visit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® website.

Donna Youmans Haber October 19, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Equally important as Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month every September. Much is known about risk factors and treatment options for breast cancer due to the public education, research and funds being spent towards fighting this disease. Much less is known about risk factors and appropriate diagnosis and treatments for prostate cancer which is just as prevalent in men and has almost the same mortality rate as breast cancer. For statistical information comparing these two deadly forms of cancer, check out the SEER website: http://seer.cancer.gov. I hope groups will consider supporting Prostate Cancer Awareness and the importance of men getting screened.
Sherell Williams (Editor) October 19, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Thanks for your comment, Donna! And the link to the SEER website.

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