Pink color changed its symbolic meaning in different historical epochs – from religious to poetic, from dismissive to deified. Nowadays, there is persistent association with pink color: pale pink – a baby-girl, bright pink – a glamorous lady. But there is an international symbol – pink breast cancer ribbon. It symbolizes support for programs against breast cancer. Organization for the fight against breast cancer incorporates a variety of active members, commercial organizations, which attract public attention to this problem. And in this case, pink color indicates love of life, happiness and hope, everything that helps in resistance against cancer.
The program of breast cancer awareness ribbon informs women and men about breast cancer, talks about how to diagnose this type of cancer, disseminates information about the various methods of treatment and about self diagnosis aimed at identifying breast cancer in the early stages, helps in recovering and rehabilitation, and collects donations for research and for help to the victims of breast cancer.
Why did the pink color is chosen for breast cancer awareness?
In western countries Pink is often associated with the color of girls and blue – is the color of boys. Pink – is the color of life, beauty and health, symbolizing all that is the opposite of cancer. Breast cancer – is a serious disease of women, including for the reason that it could harm the self-awareness of woman as woman, because breast is an associative element of femininity and sexuality.
How does the pink ribbon become a symbol of the fight against breast cancer?
For the first time breast cancer pink ribbon was introduced by “Organization for fighting against breast cancer behalf of Susan G. Komen”. During the “Mileage for the healing” in 1990, the members of the organization handed out pink sun visors to women healed from breast cancer. A year later, each member of the New York mileage received a pink ribbon.
In 1992, the chief editor of women’s magazine about health Alexandra Penney worked at the second annual special edition “National month of the fight against breast cancer”. Evelyn Lauder, at that time she was a senior vice president of the corporation «Estйe Lauder», accepted the Penney’s invitation and became a guest and an editor of special edition in 1992. Penney and Lauder offered to introduce the ribbon as symbol of the fight against breast cancer, but the color of ribbons had not yet been selected. After a long discussion, Penney and Evelyn had chosen a pink ribbon as a symbol of struggle against breast cancer, which has already been used once in 1990.
«Pink Ribbon International» – is the name of organization, whose objectives are creation of the world community, which provides support to breast cancer patients and informs medical specialists, patients, their friends and their family members about the initiative of the fight against breast cancer.
Where is it possible to get things with breast cancer ribbons?
Breast cancer ribbon is not intimidation, but just a reminder of this problem.
A pink ribbon has become the symbol of many actions to support the fight against breast cancer. Today, breast cancer ribbon pictures are even used in design of tattoos. Both women and men can wear breast cancer ribbon tattoos regardless the fact that breast cancer is only a women’s disease. Such kind of tattoos encourages the own struggle or the fighting of other people against breast cancer.
There are a lot of things made in the form of a pink ribbon or using the pink ribbon image: t-shirts, caps, earrings, bracelets, rings and etc. The breast cancer ribbons are even used in manicure, in baking (cookies and cakes), in the design of furniture and interior items. For example, there are five hundred stores organized by the Association of Cancer Research in the United Kingdom. Everyone can buy postcards, pens, badges, souvenirs with breast cancer ribbon images or without these symbols. In addition, the store is a second-hand store selling clothes, accessories, household items and books at reduced prices. Things and clothes are brought by ordinary people to the second-hand store, and volunteers work in the shop (except manager). Money from the sales goes to a fund to help cancer patients, including breast cancer patients too.
We have compiled for you some examples of things and accessories with breast cancer awareness ribbon, which you can buy right now:
- Support Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon Bow Boxing Glove Keychain
- Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Ribbon Tennis Bracelet
- Distressed Pink Ribbon – Breast Cancer Awareness Men’s T-shirt
- Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Collection Charm Beads
- Fight Like a Girl Breast Cancer Boxing Glove T-Shirt Unisex
Everyone can participate in breast cancer awareness activities and make the breast cancer ribbon by own hands. It’s necessary just to find a piece of pink ribbon. Moreover, things with the symbols of the breast cancer ribbon are often distributed for free to the participants of public events, actions, marathons, flash mobs to increase public awareness about the breast cancer. There are also many sales points where products with the breast cancer ribbon are sold. The money that was collected from the sale is used to the researches and the treatment of breast cancer patients.