Firefighters Wearing Pink in October
For the second year in a row, West Manatee firefighters and administrative staff will be wearing pink shirts during the month of October. “Our personnel received overwhelming support from the community last year and the District felt it was important to wear our shirts again this year”, said Deputy Chief Brett Pollock.
A new report by the American Cancer Society indicates a 34% drop in breast cancer deaths in the United States since 1990. The report also indicates “the rate at which new breast cancers are diagnosed increased slightly among African American women from 2006 to 2010, bringing those rates closer to those of white women, who still have the highest diagnosis rates among women ages 40 and older”.
“If by simply wearing a pink shirt can bring additional awareness or cause someone to get a check-up or screening, then I believe this campaign will have been successful”, Pollock said.