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NFL Supports Fight Against Breast Cancer

Article date: September 30, 2011

The National Football League is joining the American Cancer Society to raise awareness about the importance of breast screenings and to raise money to help fight breast cancer.

NFL players, coaches and referees will wear pink during the month of October to remind women about the importance of getting mammograms and clinical breast exams to find breast cancer early, when it’s easier to treat. The program, A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives, is timed to coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society recommends women 40 and older have a mammogram and clinical breast exam every year, and younger women have clinical breast exams periodically as well.

Hats, wristbands and other apparel worn at NFL games, and special footballs and pink coins will be auctioned off and proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Fans can also pledge to donate $1 for each point their favorite team scores during the first weekend games of October. Fans attending games are encouraged to wear pink.

The NFL also has a Web page where clubs and fans can register teams to participate in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. This noncompetitive, inspirational event raises awareness and funds to help end breast cancer by finding cures and supporting programs and services for all people facing the disease.

Additionally, the Society’s advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), is participating in Crucial Catch by encouraging Congress to allocate more funding for cancer research. This year also marks the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program’s (NBCCEDP) 10 millionth screening. This program offers early free early detection tests for breast and cervical cancer to uninsured low income women. ACS CAN has long supported expanding and increasing funding for the program, which currently serves fewer than 1 in 5 women who need that care.

Reviewed by: Members of the ACS Medical Content Staff

ACS News Center stories are provided as a source of cancer-related news and are not intended to be used as press releases.

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