Published October 21, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS – On October 21, the American Indian Cancer Foundation will host the first ever “Indigenous Pink Day,” a media campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer, the foundation announced today.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and the most common cancer found in American Indian and Alaska Native women. The goal of Indigenous Pink Day is to educate all indigenous people on the importance of early detection and remind men and women to keep up to date on their screenings, Community Outreach specialist Daanis Chosa said.
“A lot of people who are nonsmokers and healthy still get breast cancer,” Chosa said. “This disease causes a lot of harm to our community, and everyone should be aware.”
The American Indian Cancer Foundation’s Pink Shawls Project, funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is a breast cancer campaign that brings women together to create shawls to use as educational and awareness tools. (Courtesy photo)
The American Indian Cancer Foundation encourages everyone to celebrate Indigenous Pink Day in the following ways:
Wear pink to honor breast cancer warriors and survivors.
Share. Share a picture of yourself on social media wearing pink using #indigenouspink. Tell your friends and family about Indigenous Pink Day and ask them to wear pink. Encourage your organization or business to wear pink.
Get Screened. Talk to your health care provider for advice and information on breast cancer screenings.
Change your Facebook cover photo.
Set the #indigenouspink banner as your cover photo.
Join our community.
Like the American Indian Cancer Foundation on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and sign up for our newsletter.
Any amount helps the American Indian Cancer Foundation continue to raise awareness, increase early detection and build a network for American Indian/Alaskan Natives.