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CODE PINK!

FIREFIGHTERS DON PINK T-SHIRTS FOR KOMEN FOR THE CURE

 
 
 
 
 
Date: October 2, 2013                                                      PIO Number: 13-10-1

 

If you think you see firefighters wearing pink this month, you’re not imagining things. It’s the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4321’s Passionately Pink campaign to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.


Sheriff Scott Israel and Fire Chief Tony Stravino were on hand for the pink rollout at BSFR Station #32. They were joined by firefighters and IAFF Local 4321 representatives sporting this year’s newly-designed pink duty t-shirts and two-of-a-kind BSO pink patrol car and rescue truck.


U. S. breast cancer facts, from Susan G. Komen for the Cure:


Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, accounting for nearly one in three cancers diagnosed.


More than 232,000 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed among women and 2,200 cases of breast cancer in men are expected to be diagnosed in 2013.


Every two minutes, a woman is diagnosed with a case of breast cancer and every 13 minutes, one woman will lose her life to breast cancer.


Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer death for women 40-59, and is 2nd only to lung cancer in cancer deaths among all women.


White women have a higher incidence of breast cancer than African American women, yet African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age.


In 1980, the five-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer (cancer that hasn’t left the breast) was about 74%. Today, that number is 98%.


There are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.


To purchase a shirt or for more information about IAFF Local 4321’s Passionately Pink campaign, contact bquilter@bcfire.com or call 754-264-2307. Follow the firefighters on twitter @iaff4321.


This report by:
Mike Jachles/PIO
10/02/13 0900

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