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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Date: October 1, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen:

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In our profession where more than three-quarters of us are women, breast cancer disproportionately affects all of us.  Beyond those afflicted by the disease are those who support, love and care for those who courageously battle Breast Cancer.  Often not contemplated is the incidence of this disease among men.  Each year, 2,350 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men and 440 men will die from breast cancer.  While these are very sobering statistics, the good news is that breast cancer is treatable when caught early through self-examination and the use of advanced screening technology such as the mammogram.  The earlier breast cancer is detected the easier it is to treat.

Collectively we’ve decided that preventative care is a priority within our community and have included Contract language in Section 33 which includes preventative care provisions for our Members under our medical plans.  We encourage you to take advantage of the medical opportunities that are available for your well-being.

In our very visible role as safety professionals, we have an opportunity to use our visibility to spread the word and increase awareness of the disease in order to improve opportunities for prevention.  During the month of October, we have the ability to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness through the pink accessories we are able to wear with our Uniform. 

Through this very simple action, we can express our support for those we care about while advocating for those who will benefit from this increased awareness.  As with all we do, there is power in our numbers.  The greater the number of us who participate in this initiative, the stronger and more widely spread is our message of awareness. 

In October, pink is powerful!  Together, we make a difference.  Join us in this initiative to increase awareness.

In Solidarity,

Ken Diaz
United Master Executive Council

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