Think (More Than) Pink

Remembering October's other causes


Dylan Hargus

Leslie Correa and Tania Trejo

Breast cancer is well known internationally, but the question is why? October is well known for being Breast Cancer Awareness month but there are other illnesses we should be aware of as well. As a nation, we have National Down Syndrome Awareness, SIDS Awareness, Domestic Violence Awareness, Pregnancy Loss and Infant Loss Awareness all in October. How is it that the pink ribbon is the main focus around the globe?

Dylan Hargus, Evan Hargus
Dylan Hargus, Evan Hargus

For starters breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime according to Every 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. With that being said breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.

Briana Greco’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when Briana was 12. Briana and her younger brother, Gregory, were affected by this unexpected event. “We were worried about our mother; we spent nights at our grandma’s and cousin’s house while my mom was at the hospital, [and we] missed days of school” After two rough years, Briana and Gregory’s mother was free of cancer. In October, they’re happy to celebrate their mother’s recovery and those who were not as fortunate.

Senior Ashley Fiala has a special connection to this month, too. But hers is less publicized. Fiala’s little brother, Dylan, was born with Down Syndrome. She said, “Dylan is about to be 7 this month.”

Fiala says that, “More people should recognize Down Syndrome Awareness month because […] it affects people for their life. It’s not something that could possibly go away or get cured like breast cancer.”

According to NDSS, “Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome – about 6,000 each year.” Not many people are fully aware of DS because they don’t know anyone who has the syndrome or they’re just not informed with it.

Both breast cancer and down syndrome present struggles to individuals and families. Everyone should be aware of both. The way to do this is by spreading the awareness for both causes. Next time you wear pink in October, also remember to spread the word to end the r-word and think about other causes as well.