You’re not mistaken. You are starting to see pink pop up around town. That’s because pink is the color signifying breast cancer awareness.
With October as the official Breast Cancer Awareness month, activities and events to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer will begin by mid-September. This year marks the 12th annual area campaign, spearheaded by Fitzgibbon Hospital staff, to draw attention to the importance of breast and other cancer screening.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer in women; skin cancer is first. Efforts to bring attention to the need for early detection via mammogram are paying off, as more women are receiving mammograms and discovering their cancers while they are still treatable. Additionally, research has allowed for the invention of new technologies, such as 3D Mammography. This advanced technology, which has been proved to reduce false positives of breast cancer and leads to even earlier detection, is now available at Fitzgibbon Hospital.
A month-long, community-wide focus on cancer prevention and treatment, known as Pink Out, helps residents in the communities served by the Fitzgibbon Community Cancer Center learn more about not only breast cancer but other forms of cancer as well. Another goal of Pink Out is to encourage early detection and to disseminate information about the treatment capabilities available to them at the Community Cancer Center.
Pink Out T-Shirts are available at the Fitzgibbon Hospital Gift Shop, while supplies last.
|Event||Date and Time||Location|
|"Tuff Enuf to Wear Pink"
Missouri Valley Rodeo Stampede
|Friday, Sept. 20 | 7 pm||Saline County Fairgrounds|
|Pink Out Breakfast||Thursday, Sept. 26 | 6:40 am - 7:40 am||St. Peter Catholic School|
|Get Your Color On 5K Fun Run/Walk
|Sunday, Sept. 29 | 2 pm
|Indian Foothills Park
|MHS vs. Fitzgibbon Powder Puff Game||Tuesday, Oct. 1 | 6 pm||Marshall High School Football Stadium|
|MHS Pink Out Football Game vs. Hogan Prep||Friday, Oct. 4 | 7 pm
Booster Club dinner - begin serving 5:30
|Marshall High School Football Stadium|
|Slater High School Pink Out Softball Game||Tuesday, Oct. 8 | 5 pm||Slater High School|
|Slater High School Pink Out Football Game||Friday, Oct. 11 | 7 pm||Slater High School|
|Pig Out for Pink Out Lunch
sponsored by Cargill and The Ashford Agency
|Friday, Oct. 18th | 11 am - 1 pm||Hometown Pharmacy|