Real Men Wear Pink: Attacking Breast Cancer From Every Angle
If you were to ask anyone to recall a person they know affected by breast cancer, most people would be able to think of a friend or loved one right away. As one of the most common forms of the disease, breast cancer takes the lives of almost 42,000 people each year. For both women and men, breast cancer takes a toll on the mind and body, stripping patients of their confidence, vitality and in some cases, their lives.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, one of the biggest fundraising times of the year. People adorn satin pink ribbons to their chests, participate in pledge walks for the cure, dress in all pink and more—all in an effort to raise money for breast cancer research and treatment. But donation efforts don’t just provide much-needed funding to research and treatment. They also bring breast cancer to the forefront of everyone’s mind, teaching the public how to screen themselves in the hopes to catch cancer in its earliest stages.
Real Men Wear Pink: What Is It?
Though about 2,000 men get diagnosed with breast cancer every year, in the past, a large majority of fundraising efforts have been led by women. However, Real Men Wear Pink empowers men to take on a leadership role in the fight against breast cancer. The campaign raises money for the American Cancer Society and brings awareness for the disease as well.
Each year, Real Men Wear Pink asks for candidate nominations. Anyone can visit their website and nominate a man they know who is committed to help the fight against this harrowing disease. “Real Man” candidates commit to wearing pink throughout October, raising awareness for the cause through their social networks, and raising at least $2,500 to help the American Cancer Society.
The Real Men Wear Pink campaign has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars since its inception. Donations have allowed the American Cancer Society to conduct innovative research and assist with patient services, as well as provide education about screenings and risk reduction. Their hope is to attack cancer from every angle—from treatment to prevention, and Real Men Wear Pink is helping.
Real Men Wear Pink at My Houston Surgeons
This year, three surgeons from My Houston Surgeons are participating in this exciting campaign. Dr. Sean Boutros, Dr. Arjuna Kuperan, and Dr. Scott Reis have each pledged to raise at least $2,500 and help foster awareness through the use of social media. For Dr. Boutros and Dr. Reis, who are both plastic and reconstructive surgeons, the campaign hits especially close to home. Both surgeons mainly work with breast cancer survivors, helping reconstruct their breasts after a mastectomy.
To learn more about Real Men Wear Pink, or how you can donate, visit myhoustonsurgeons.com/pink.