October is a month unlike any other in western Pennsylvania.
The landscape is a brilliant mix of orange, yellow and red as the changing leaves make it arguably the most beautiful time of the year.
But there is another color that has quickly become just as much a part of October as the brilliant hues on the trees: pink.
That’s because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s something that we take very seriously at The Tribune-Democrat. As we’ve been doing for the past six years, we are publishing a special Breast Cancer Awareness section. Inside today’s paper you’ll find a 32-page pullout section that includes stories, photographs and graphics on a wide range of issues. From survivors’ stories to what our local hospitals are doing to combat this horrible disease to what factors might put you at risk, the section has it all.
The goal, as it is every year, is to make our readers not only think about breast cancer, but also to take action. We encourage all women over age 40 to get an annual mammogram and to do self-exams each month. The best way to stop this deadly disease in its tracks is to catch it early, and that requires vigilance.
We hope that we can convince one more woman to get an exam, but we’re far from the only ones doing our part to raise awareness. Everywhere
you look in our region you’ll see pink this month. Pink ribbons, pink T-shirts, pink uniforms on high school sports teams, pink foods and pink parties.
Groups large and small will be holding events that put the spotlight on breast cancer. We applaud them for their efforts and hope that the message really is getting through across the region, the state and the nation.
Let’s band together to stamp out breast cancer.