October 5, 2011

Think Pink

For more than 20 years, the observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month each October has provided a time to reflect on loved ones who have won and lost the battle against breast cancer. It's also an opportunity to raise awareness toward finding a cure, including encouraging women to get a regular mammography screening.

Breast cancer affects 1 in every 7 women that live to the age of 85; a tiny proportion of those affected are men. There are many known risk factors for breast cancer: beginning menstruation at a young age; older age at first birth; never giving birth; having benign breast disease; having a mother or sister with breast cancer; drinking alcohol; Caucasian race; radiation treatment to the breast or chest area; taking hormones like estrogen or progesterone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society, over 200,000 women will be diagnosed with the disease, and over 40,000 will die every year, 99% of them women. Some of these deaths may be prevented with early intervention, which is possible when women have mammograms to get screened regularly for this disease. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time when women are encouraged to undergo mammograms in order to detect any cancerous tissue as early as possible. Other tests that may be used to detect breast cancer are clinical examinations, breast self exams, and magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI.

The Breast Cancer Site

Shop Zazzle’s Breast Cancer Awareness Store and support the search for a cure. This store contains a collection of designs contributed by the Zazzle Community to help support the fight against breast cancer. Zazzle will donate 20% of the net product sale to breast cancer related causes*

pink_03 shirtpink_10 shirtBreast Cancer Awareness stampBreast Cancer Hope Button buttonpink_03 stickerStamp Out Breast Cancer bag

*20% of the net sale of all the products in this gallery goes to support breast cancer awareness causes. For postage products, net sale is defined as the difference between the sale value and the face value of the postage.