It is the month of pink: for the month of October, pink is worn and displayed in honor of breast
cancer awareness. Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and the
second leading cause of death among women. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast
cancer in their lifetime. Including women who currently are being treated and women who have
finished treatment, there were more than 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in
the United States in the year 2013. In the year 2013, 232,340 new cases of invasive (cancer
that spreads outside the membrane of the lobule or duct into the breast tissue) breast cancer are
expected to be diagnosed in women in the United States. Also within this year, the estimation of
diagnosing new cases of non-invasive breast cancer is 64,640 ("U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics" )
. Furthering the statistics, within the year 2013, about 2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer
are expected to be diagnosed in men. Though the death rate has significantly decreased over
the past couple of years, 39,620 women are expected to die of breast cancer in the year 2013
("U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics" ). Despite the death rate, in recent years, there has been a gradual
reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among woman aged fifty and older, which
is caused by the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause. Death
rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part to better due to screening
and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options ("Breast
Cancer Facts") .
Pink is worn in awareness of how many women and men are affected by this disease each year.
Pink worn in remembrance for those who have lost their lives to this cancer: Pink is worn for
those who are fighting and who have fought for their lives. Most importantly, Pink is worn to
demonstrate unity in fighting for a cure. For Tennessee Temple Athletics and the nation, October
is the month of pink. For this month, the TTU Athletes will wear pink during their selected
"Breast Cancer Facts." Www.nationalbreastcancer.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2013.
"U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics." Breastcancer.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2013.