San Luis Obispo police are taking special note of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, donning pink badges throughout the month of October.
The gesture is in support of breast cancer survivors and breast cancer support organizations, according to a news release from the SLO Police Officers Association (SLOPOA). Police will also award three honorary “Survivor Badges” to local cancer survivors, and they will be selling lapel pins to raise money for breast cancer support groups.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October draws attention to and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment of breast cancer, the second most common kind of cancer for women, according to the American Cancer Society.
In 2014, nearly 237,000 women nationwide were diagnosed with breast cancer, and 41,211 died from it, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, regular screening helps promote early detection, which greatly increases survival rates.
The special badges still feature an image of the Mission but the normally dark lettering is pink on the awareness badges. Each officer bought their own badge and the company that made the badges is donating $10 for each one.
The SLOPOA along with the Staff Officers Association are also selling lapel pins bearing an image of the pink badges for $4 through the SLOPOA website, see: www.sanluisobispopoa.com. The union has pledged to match every dollar raised through the lapel pin sales.
Also, nominations are being accepted from the public in honor of a local cancer support organization for a grant program. Sign up through the website.
During the campaign, three honorary Survivor Badges will be awarded to local breast cancer survivors. Nominations for those can also be made on the website, or email your nomination to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual breast cancer screening can begin at age 40 but are recommended for all women between 45 and 54. Women 55-older should be screened at least every 2 years. There are currently 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.