CLAYTON — In addition to fighting fires, Clayton firefighters are sporting the color pink throughout October in efforts to fight breast and other cancers.
Firefighters exposed to carcinogens and other chemicals while on the job are disproportionately diagnosed with breast cancer – just one of many cancers linked to the work firefighters do. With one in eight women diagnosed each year, an estimated 232,340 new cases of breast cancer and 39,620 deaths will be reported in 2013. Among all women affected, 85 percent have no family history.
“Firefighters are motivated to get involved for many reasons, and often it’s because they have been personally affected by the disease,” says Battalion Chief Seagraves a firefighter with the Clayton Fire Department “We are supporting breast cancer awareness and prevention by encouraging others to give so that no breast cancer patient goes without life-saving treatments or having hope for a cure.”
Everyone is at risk for breast cancer. The two most important risk factors are being female and getting older. Most women diagnosed with breast cancer have no other known factors. To help reduce your risk, be sure to maintain a healthy weight, eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercise and limit alcohol consumption.
Clayton firefighters encourage everyone in the community to participate in breast cancer awareness and prevention activities. Clayton Professional Firefighters have partnered with Huber Heights Professional Firefighters and the Pink Ribbon Girls in presenting the 2015 “Go Pink or Go Home” campaign with the Pink Fire engine and Pink Golf Cart and are attending a very busy fund-raising calendar of events throughout the month of October. Please come join the firefighters at any event and take the journey with them.