Get Ready to Think Pink: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

You’ve probably seen – and maybe even worn – a pink ribbon during October to recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to support those who have been diagnosed with, are battling, or are recovering from the disease.

Did you know that there is more than one shade of ribbon?

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, there are four specific ribbons:

  • Hot pink: inflammatory breast cancer
  • Teal and pink: hereditary and gynecologic cancers
  • Pink and blue: male breast cancer
  • Teal, pink and green: metastatic breast cancer

Whatever color you choose, wear your ribbon all month or specifically during Pink Week, October 3rd – 5th. During Pink Week, people often wear pink and participate in pink-themed events and fundraisers.

Breast Cancer is the most common cause of cancer in women in Virginia.

Regular screening with a mammogram can catch cancer early so that it can be treated. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best time to be screened and for help with a plan that is right for you.

For many women, insurance covers the cost of routine screenings. For those who do not have insurance or who may have a loved one who doesn’t, the Virginia Department of Health’s Every Woman’s Life program may be able to help.

The program provides free breast and cervical screening tests and diagnostics. To learn more and find a provider site, visit the Every Woman’s Life page on the Virginia Department of Health website.