Why the Fight Against Breast Cancer Is More Than Wearing Pink

October 10th 2015

Diana Crandall

The 2016 election is nearing, and Planned Parenthood continues to make headlines as Republican presidential contenders condemn the nonprofit. The organization is also under investigation amid claims that top officials in Planned Parenthood were involved in the sale of aborted fetuses, however, Planned Parenthood argues that they do not harvest 'baby parts.'

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The claims have been denounced by President Barack Obama, and the organization is moving forward through October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At this time of the year, pink products raise conversations and awareness about the disease, and one tweet sums up why funding and support for Planned Parenthood is absolutely necessary in the fight against breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness Tweet

“A reminder that wearing or buying all things pink this month doesn’t give access to breast cancer screenings but Planned Parenthood does,” the tweet reads.

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In addition to wearing pink to raise awareness, funding for Planned Parenthood is equally important. Often, women who may not have access to a gynecologist or breast specialist can get an examination to screen for cancer at these clinics. The organization also offers educational resources that are easily available to women who might not have had conversations or health education that allowed them to understand risk factors or symptoms of breast cancer.

Breast cancer that is caught early is highly treatable. By offering as many resources as possible for women to be screened, lives can be saved.