While October might be best associated with the color orange - hunting, pumpkins, leaves - it also has become a time to think pink.
Some of the region's restaurants have gone pink, donating a portion of proceeds to help the American Cancer Society beat breast cancer from October 6 through October 15. The Michigan State Police post on Iron Mountain's north side has a special vehicle out front with its shield logo in pink.
"Breast cancer awareness is an issue very near and dear to my heart", Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder said. Most breast cancers are found in women age 50 and up. Early detection means easier treatment.
Overall breast cancer death rates dropped 39 percent between 1989 and 2015, averting 322,600 breast cancer deaths during those 26 years.
A charity ambassador for Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is visiting Jules Fashion Accessories in Leighton Buzzard to promote breast cancer awareness next week.
More than 15,000 people will be at Washington Park to spread messages of hope and victory of cancer. A striking divergence in long-term breast cancer mortality trends between black and white women emerged in the early 1980s and continued to widen over the last several decades, but recent data suggest that the racial disparity may be stabilizing. Other risk factors include having a family history of breast cancer, a lack of physical activity and excess weight or obesity after menopause, among others. The test looks at 18 genetic variants on blood or saliva that are known to affect a woman's chances of getting breast cancer.
Women should begin discussing the topic of a yearly mammogram with their physician beginning at age 40.
- Avoid behaviors that can increase the risk: Quit smoking and control weight and alcohol consumption, as all have been linked to a higher incidence of breast cancer.