Public Ceremony to Raise the Pink Flag Aims to Raise Awareness of Importance of Screening and Early Detection and Show Solidarity With Those Impacted by Breast Cancer (Easton CT, Sept 29, 2023) Easton First Selectman David Bindelglass today invited the public to attend a flag raising ceremony at Easton town hall set for 9am on Monday Oct 2nd to commemorate the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The Easton Board of Selectmen voted earlier this month to fly the familiar pink breast cancer awareness flag.
"Flying the breast cancer awareness flag is one small gesture we can make to honor and show solidarity with those whose lives have been touched by this disease and to remind everyone when they see the pink flag during the month of October that screening and early detection are powerful weapons in the ongoing fight to increase survival rates," said Bindelglass.
He continued, "As a physician I believe public observances like Breast Cancer Awareness Month are critical to public education efforts to raise awareness around ways to detect and treat serious health threats like breast cancer. As the husband of a breast cancer survivor, I know that those who face this disease can be strengthened by a supportive community around them, so inviting the public to our flag raising on Monday is one way to show solidarity with anyone in the community who wants to honor a loved one, or know that they are not alone in their battle against this disease."
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held in October every year, aims to promote screening and prevention of the disease, which affects one in eight women in the United States every year and 2.3 million women worldwide. Known best for its pink theme color, the month features a number of campaigns and programs — conducted by groups ranging from breast cancer advocacy organizations to local community organizations to major retailers — aimed at:
Supporting people diagnosed with breast cancer, including metastatic breast cancer
Educating people about breast cancer risk factors
Stressing the importance of regular screening determined by a woman and her doctor
Fundraising for breast cancer research