Let’s Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As the second leading cause of death among women, breast cancer has affected so many of our moms, wives, sisters, and daughters. The disease hits close to home — one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

But there is hope. A lot of it. Of the millions of women diagnosed with breast cancer each year, there are more than 3 million survivors in the U.S. today. They remind us — in their strength, heroism, and courage — that we must continue to spread awareness and invest in preventative care.

This month, House Republicans will be “thinking pink” and encouraging the women in our communities to get the proper exams to protect themselves and their health.

According to the Center for Disease Control, women age 20-40 should get a clinical breast exam every three years. After age 40, women should get annual breast exams every year.  While we don’t have a cure, there’s a lot we can do to promote early detection and help save the lives of those we love.

This October, we remember those who have lost their lives to this terrible, tragic disease. It is in their honor that we will continue to fight to bring and end to breast cancer once and for all.