Mayo Clinic lighted buildings pink the evening of October 1 to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to honor survivors, remember those lost to the disease, and to support the progress we are making together to defeat breast cancer.
Pink represents the fight against breast cancer, hope for the future, and the charitable goodness of people and businesses who publicly support the breast cancer movement. It is intended to evoke solidarity with women who currently have breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. The average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 13%. This means there is a 1 in 8 chance she will develop breast cancer.
Today the color pink is a strong symbol of breast cancer awareness and the fight to find a cure against the disease. It is used all around the globe, bringing emphasis to the cause across countries, cultures and languages.