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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Get Your PINK ON!

Date: September 24, 2021

The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To date, breast cancer remains the most common form of cancer among women living in the United States.(VIDEO)

There have been numerous studies done that have shown Flight Attendants may have a higher increased risk of breast and other cancers due to work-place exposures. While most breast cancers are found in women over age 50, breast cancer also affects younger women. One out of every one hundred breast cancer diagnoses are found in men. Given our disproportionate risk, we also have a unique opportunity because of interaction with passengers and our prominent position in public view, to use that face time with the public to call attention to the benefits of awareness and early detection of Breast Cancer.

All of us within our Flight Attendant community and the world are affected by this disease. Let us all stand together next month to make a unified statement to encourage our mothers, spouses, sisters, and flying partners to get an exam in the interest of early detection.

Every October, to raise awareness of the importance of prevention, all United Airlines employees can show support for Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing company approved pink uniform accessories. This year, we expect to have an AFA Breast Cancer Awareness pin available for distribution in your Local Council.

These accessories can be worn while on duty from October 1 through October 31. United’s Inflight Services has designated a pink scarf for females and a pink tie for males as the approved uniform items for Flight Attendants purchased in previous years to show your continuing support of United’s Pink Program!

Together we have this unique opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of prevention in battling this disease. We encourage everyone to participate in this effort. Together, we can accomplish great things!

See the National Cancer Institute online booklet What You Need to Know about Breast Cancer to learn more about breast cancer types, staging, treatment, and questions to ask your treating physician.

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