why is pink the color for breast cancer?
Why do we wear pink as the color to represent breast cancer awareness and who came up with pink being the color?
Posted 3 years ago in Other by SewerGamer


A pink ribbon is a symbol of breast cancer awareness. It may be worn to honor those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, or to identify products that the manufacturer would like to sell to consumers that are interested in breast cancer. Pink ribbons, which can be made inexpensively, are sometimes sold as fundraisers, much like poppies on Remembrance Day.The pink ribbon is associated with individual generosity, faith in scientific progress, and a "can-do" attitude. It encourages consumers to focus on the emotionally appealing ultimate vision of a cure for breast cancer, rather than on the fraught path between current knowledge and any future cures (Sulik 2010, pages 359361).Promotion of the pink ribbon as a symbol for breast cancer has not been credited with saving any lives. Wearing or displaying a pink ribbon has been denounced as a kind of slacktivism, because it has no practical positive effect (Landeman 2008). Critics say that the feel-good nature of pink ribbons and pink consumption distracts society from the lack of progress (Sulik 2010, pages 365366). It is also criticized for reinforcing gender stereotypes and objectifying women and their breasts (Sulik 2010, pages 372374).
My answer is more simple - because it is mainly females that get breast cancer then Pink for girls? Blue would be for the boys?
The first chapter in the history of Pink Ribbon as a symbol for breast cancer awareness can be found at the Komen Foundation's Race for The Cure, on the 16th of June 1990. At this race, held in Washington DC, the Komen Foundation handed out pink visors randomly to the 8,529 walkers. Some participants wore Pink Ribbons. A year later,in 1991, Komen distributed pink ribbons to every participant in it's New York City Race For The Cure. As from this year, the pink ribbon became the symbol for breast cancer awareness. Why Pink?No real reason but may be pink being the choice colour of the female.
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Komen had been handing out bright pink visors to breast cancer survivors running in its Race for the Cure since late 1990. In fall 1991, mere months after Irons electrifying appearance, the foundation gave out pink ribbons to every participant in its New York City race. This first use of the ribbon, though, was for Komen just a detail in the larger and more important story of the race. To really break out, the pink ribbon would need a situation in which the ribbon was the event.And it didnt take long for that situation to arrive. Early in 1992, Alexandra Penney, then the editor in chief of Self, was busy designing the magazines second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month issue. The previous years effort, inspired and guest edited by Evelyn LauderEste Lauder senior corporate vice president and a breast cancer survivorhad been a huge hit. The question was, how to do it again and even better. Then Penney had a flash of inspirationshe would create a ribbon, and enlist the cosmetics giant to distribute it in New York City stores. Evelyn Lauder went her one better: She promised to put the ribbon on cosmetics counters across the country.Penney recalls the birth of the ribbon now from her office at Ziff-Davis. You know how it is when things are in the air, Penney says.A week later Liz Smith wrote about a woman who was already doing a peach-colored ribbon for breast cancer. The woman was 68-year-old Charlotte Haley, the granddaughter, sister, and mother of women who had battled breast cancer. Her peach-colored loops were handmade in her dining room. Each set of five came with a card saying: The National Cancer Institute annual budget is $1.8 billion, only 5 percent goes for cancer prevention. Help us wake up our legislators and America by wearing this ribbon.Haley was strictly grassroots, handing the cards out at the local supermarket and writing prominent women, everyone from former First Ladies to Dear Abby. Her message spread by word of mouth. By the time Liz Smith printed her phone number, Haley had distributed thousands.Then Self magazine called.We said, We want to go in with you on this, well give you national attention, theres nothing in it for us, Penney says. Even five years later, her voice still sounds startled by Haleys answer. She wanted nothing to do with us. Said we were too commercial.At the end of September 1992, Liz Smith printed a follow-up to Haleys story. She reported that Estee Lauder had experienced problems trying to work with Haley, and quoted the activist claiming that Self had asked her to relinquish the concept of the ribbon. We didnt want to crowd her, Penney says. But we really wanted to do a ribbon. We asked our lawyers and they said, Come up with another color.They chose pink.Because the woman who came up with the breast cancer ribbon didn't want anyone to use her color...

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