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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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.

There have been numerous studies done that have shown that Flight Attendants may have a higher increased risk of breast and other cancers due to work-place exposures.

This is something that affects all of us within our Flight Attendant community and the world. Use this month to encourage your mothers, spouse, sisters, and flying partners to get an exam.

See the National Cancer Institute online booklet What You Need To Know About Breast Cancer to learn about breast cancer types, staging, treatment, and questions to ask the doctor.

Flight Attendants Supporting Pink Program

Every October, in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of prevention, all United Airlines employees are able to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing company approved pink uniform accessories such as a pink ribbon behind your official AFA pin or wearing an approved pink accessory.

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. You may also wear approved items purchased in previous years to show your continuing support of United’s Pink Program.

These items may be purchased at www.unitedpink.net where five dollars from each tie or scarf purchased will directly to fund organizations that provide support for those battling breast cancer and their families. In addition to ties and scarves you may purchase baseball caps as part of the Pink Program; however, these are not approved for wear by Flight Attendants while in uniform.

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!

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