October 7, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A sign promoting breast cancer screening awareness hangs in the end zone during the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers game at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 16-14. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the NFL has cultivated a tradition of raising awareness. The awareness first started with pink ribbons painted on the field and pink ribbons on players’ uniforms and helmets. Now the NFL is going all ‘pinkalicious’ and using pink wherever it can. The players are using pink gloves, pink shoes, pink mouth guards, and sometimes pink numbering/lettering. The refs are throwing pink flags – and I have to admit that at first I thought a coach threw a terribly faded challenge flag when I first saw one of those hit the field. The TV stations are also contributing by making the imaginary first down line the color pink.
The NFL division of FanSided has decided to also participate in Breast Cancer Awareness this month by making all of the links you see on posts pink. Kind of cool, and quite frankly, it helps make the links stand out from the rest of the text. We support National Breast Cancer Awareness and hope that you, our loyal readers, take some time to learn a bit more about how you can help fight this terrible disease.
Excerpt from nationalbreastcancer.org
FACTS ABOUT BREAST CANCER IN THE UNITED STATES
- One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
- Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
- Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.