In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the staff and participants of our Schenectady and East Greenbush Site based programs recently wore pink to promote breast cancer awareness and support the women and men who have received a breast cancer diagnosis. Assistant Director of the program Michele Pacheco and staff member Iris Reeves came up with the idea saying, “We all have known someone who has been affected by breast cancer in some way.”
As you can see, the program participants and their families were supportive of the idea and arrived ready to represent the cause!
Did you know …
- 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States
- Although rare, men get breast cancer too.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed 276,480 estimated new cases of female breast cancer in the U.S. in 2020. This would account for 15.3% of all cancer cases in the country. Breast cancer accounts for 7% of all cancer deaths.