The Dearborn Police Department, in cooperation with the Dearborn Police Officers' Charities, will be joining forces with the American Cancer Society in Michigan (ACS-MI) to launch Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink the entire month of October. Dearborn police will also help raise funds for First Responders Wear Pink, supporting breast cancer research, advocacy and patient care programs.
“We’re thrilled that the Dearborn Police Department is going pink this year along with first responders across Michigan,” said Chad Creekmore, Executive Director, ACS-MI. “First Responders Wear Pink is an opportunity for the leaders committed to keeping our communities safe to also become leaders in the fight to end breast cancer. Every community is impacted by breast cancer and every community has the ability to join us and make an impact.”
Breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women. And for the first time ever, female breast cancer has surpassed lung cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide. But thanks to every dollar raised by community supporters, the American Cancer Society has invested $69 million in multiyear research grants focused on breast cancer nationwide, and since 1998, has funded 35 breast cancer research grants for $11.8 million in Michigan.
“We saw a decline in breast cancer death rates between 1989 to 2017 thanks to early detection and better treatments,” said Creekmore. “And although screening rates recovered somewhat after initial shutdowns, they remain approximately 25% below baseline levels since the start of the pandemic.”
“Fighting breast cancer and all cancers is important to me as well as to the men and women of the Dearborn Police Department," said Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad. “I’m asking all members to wear pink during October to elevate awareness in the communities we serve while supporting the Society’s life-saving mission.”
To support the efforts of the Dearborn Police Department and First Responders Wear Pink of Michigan, visit https://acsengage.org/powerofpinkmidmichigan.
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