October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – an annual campaign to raise awareness about the early detection and treatment of breast cancer. It is also a time to encourage women diagnosed with breast cancer and remember those who lost their battle with the disease.
Did you know that pink was not the first color used for ribbons to raise awareness of breast cancer? In the early 1990s, Charlotte Hayley, who had battled breast cancer, introduced the concept of a peach-colored breast cancer awareness ribbon. Hayley began making peach ribbons at home and handed them out at grocery stores with cards that read: “The National Cancer Institute annual budget is $1.8 billion, only 5 percent goes for cancer prevention. Help us wake up our legislators and America by wearing this ribbon.”
As word spread about the Hayley’s peach ribbons, Self Magazine asked Haley for permission to use her ribbon as part of its 1992 National Breast Cancer Awareness Month issue. Haley rejected the offer because Self’s initiative was too commercial. On the advice of legal counsel, Self Magazine choose another color for the ribbons – pink!
This Weekend Reading series begins with Don’t Wait with a look at breast cancer detection and treatments. Next check out Wait – Don’t Miss This with articles on current healthcare news. In ‘Weight’ a Minute explore articles on obesity, including the prevalence, cost and treatments for the disease. Last but not least, do not miss Wait – Where are They? — and be sure to look for the penguin!
I hope you enjoy the following:
1. Don’t Wait
- Chicago Sun-Times: New treatments changing the lives of people with breast cancer, and more promise lies ahead
- New York Times: This Breast Cancer Gene Is Less Well Known, but Nearly as Dangerous
- Futurity: Can exercise prevent ‘chemo brain’ in women with breast cancer?
- Healthline: Do Inflammatory Breast Cancer Symptoms Come and Go?
- Medical News Today: Medical Myths: 15 breast cancer misconceptions
2. Wait – Don’t Miss This
- Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Price for experimental COVID-19 treatment raises concerns
- Becker’s Hospital Review: Antibody tests don’t offer strong insights on immunity, infectious disease experts warn; read the full report here
- Axios: Public motivation for flu shot remains stale
- University of MI Health Lab: Medicaid expansion closed health gaps for low-income adults across racial and ethnic groups, study shows Michigan data show improvements in access to care and overall health, and could inform non-expansion states
3. “Weight’ a Minute
- NPR: Obesity Rates Rise During Pandemic, Fueled By Stress, Job Loss, Sedentary Lifestyle
- Medscape: New AHA Guidance on Managing Obesity-Related Hypertension
- HealthDay: Obesity Ups Medical Spending for Long-Term Cancer Survivors
- EurekAlert!: Of two common weight loss surgeries, one is safer but may be less effective
4. Wait – They are Missing?
- New York Times: A Month Later, Five Zebras Are Still on the Run in Maryland
- NPR: The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker And More Than 20 Other Species Have Gone Extinct
- Smithsonian: The American Bumblebee Has Vanished From Eight States
- Nature: Can you spot the penguin?
Enjoy your weekend!
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