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10/20/2015 - Hamilton Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness


Hamilton Goes Pink for
Breast Cancer Awareness

In between the changing colors of fall foliage, there was a lot of pink around the Hamilton Township Municipal Building on Tuesday.  And it was for a very good cause.

Tuesday was Hamilton’s Pink Out – an effort to help raise awareness of breast cancer, which is the second most common cancer among women in the United States.

Mayor Kelly Yaede and Hamilton’s Division of Health asked employees to wear pink as solidarity with fellow municipal employees, Hamiltonians and women from across our country who are currently fighting the disease, as well as to remember those who lost their courageous battles with breast cancer, while also standing with survivors who defeated the illness.

For Mayor Yaede, a former Senior Director of Corporate Relations for the American Cancer Society, raising awareness of breast cancer is a very important cause.

“When it comes to cancer, and particularly breast cancer, we know that early detection is critical,” explains Mayor Yaede.  “By doing our part to help raise awareness, our local government is helping to make a difference.”

Throughout the month of October, Hamilton’s Division of Health has conducted an employee e-mail campaign to help increase awareness of the disease and provide education on risk factors, as well as prevention.  

Additionally, the Township will be lighting its Municipal Building, Health Building and Recreation Building pink in the evenings for the remainder of October.  

The American Cancer Society estimates that:

•          About 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the US this year

•          About 60,290 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS – which is noninvasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer) will be diagnosed in the US this year

•          About 40,290 women will die from breast cancer in the US this year

“We urge our fellow residents to help spread the message that routine health screenings, mammograms and periodic visits to the doctor are an important step in early detection when it comes to breast cancer,” says Mayor Yaede.  “By spreading this message across our community and beyond, we can help save lives.”