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The NFL is Going Pink

Posted on: October 1, 2009 10:16 am
Edited on: October 1, 2009 10:16 am

Don’t be surprised this week if you happen to look around the NFL and see the color pink.  In fact, don’t be too shocked if you notice some of your most manly of manly players donning pink cleats this weekend when taking the field.  Trust me, there is no cause for alarm.  Do not for one moment think that the hallowed halls of the NFL have been taken over by women, or get the idea that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is actually planning on having the players forget their pads and put on the tutu’s. 

October has been designated Breast Cancer Awareness month, Breast cancer has become one of the most common cancers found in women.  The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009, 713,220 women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer, with 27% of them being breast cancer.  By the end of the year, it is estimated that 269,800 women in America will die from cancer, 15% of those deaths will be from breast cancer.  Most of these deaths would have been preventable with early detection. 

Many of us have had personal experiences, at least with a loved one facing the battle of breast cancer.  Those in the NFL are no different, most notably with the wife of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, Deanna Favre and the mother of Pittsburgh Steelers OT Max Starks, Elleanor, both survivors of breast cancer.  Not every fight with breast cancer is successful.  The NFL lost one of it’s own due to this disease when, in 2008, Rams owner Georgia Frontiere had died due to complications from breast cancer.   Players have also had personal losses, to include Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend and quarterback Dennis Dixon, who both lost their mothers to breast cancer. 

So for this weekend, the NFL will be joining in the effort to remind women (and men) of the importance of breast cancer awareness and the necessity for breast exams by donning the pink that’s been associated with breast cancer.  This month, many NFL teams will participate in activities specifically meant for the fight against Breast Cancer.  For Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be handing out pink towels to fans, while players and coaches don pink hats and wear pink ribbons at the game.  Select players will also be wearing the pink cleats.  You can check your favorite teams websites to see what, if anything, they will be doing to help raise awareness for this disease.

You can go pink to save the ta’ta’s simply by becoming aware of breast cancer and knowing that early detection is the key to surviving this disease. 

- Encourage your loved ones (or yourself) to learn the correct way to perform a self-breast exam and perform them monthly.

- Encourage your loved ones (or yourself) to have an annual/bi-annual physical that includes an exam by a doctor or certified practitioner.

- If your loved ones (or yourself) is 40 and over, ensure they have regular mammograms.

- Be aware of the risk factors, and be proactive, especially if there’s a history of cancer in the family. 

- Most of all, don’t put off visiting a doctor if something that is out of the norm. 

- Just as important, men, please do not think you are immune from this disease.  In 2009, the ACS estimates that 440 men will lose their lives to breast cancer.  So it’s just as important for males to be aware of any changes in their “man boobs” and not be shy to seek a doctors counsel if something appears out of the norm.

- More information about breast cancer can be found at various sites, to include the American Cancer Society



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2009 5:42 pm

The NFL is Going Pink

  Mum, I think that, in general, The most over-funded research
in the world is cancer-research.  You are however posting about
cancer awareness __ which I would have thought would be quite
universal by now.  Breast cancer gets more publicity than anything
other than this president.
     Shockingly, this is less true than I had believed.  A
casual private poll did show that both men and women are little
informed on the incidence of breast cancer, though well-informed
on the danger.  So... thank you for your reminder.  You reach a
lot of people, and they reach others...

     For the problem of refusing to have examinations, there is
no particularly good solution to this.  You cannot force someone
to do something they do not want to do.  They might perfunctorily
go along with you, for show only.  There are people who are afraid
of having doctors' diagnose illness only so that they make more money.
And, while infrequent, this is not unheard of.  You can only
encourage someone to see a doctor, offer to drive them, whatever..
if you use force you will have an opposite effect from the desired one.

      Keep it up mum, great job.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2009 9:44 am

The NFL is Going Pink

It was a little out of color to see many Cleveland fans at the Browns / Bengals game last Sunday wearing pink Browns hats.  The touch of pink was a reminder for us all that we haven't found a cure for breast cancer..... or any cancer for that matter.  Today the best we can do is cut the cancer out, use chemo therapy and/or radiation therapy and hope it goes away.  We all hope almost against hope if we keep throwing money at the problem, ultimately a cure or at least better treatments will be found.

With the Browns playing the Bengals, there was plenty of orange to be found and just enough pink to remind us all there is still plenty of work to be done.... work to find a cure that somehow makes the Browns 0-4 record and last Sunday's overtime defeat seem less important. 


Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2009 7:11 pm

The NFL is Going Pink

thanks mom for trying to make everyone aware of my 2 fav things on any woman 

Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2009 4:02 pm

The NFL is Going Pink

This is a sports site so I don't want to get on a soapbox too much, but Pumpkin you need to force your wife to have a check up, even if she can't feel a lump upon self-checking.  My mother-in-law found a small lump and did nothing about it and told no one about it.  A year and a half later it started bothering her and she had it checked.  It was cancer and it had already spread to her lymph nodes.  She died a little over a year after diagnosis.

I'm not trying to be morbid, but am merely pointing out that a simple check up could save your wife's life.  That goes for men as well in regard to prostate cancer.  All men over 40 should have annual check-ups.

OK, I'll get off my soapbox now and won't post again on the topic, but I do think it's great that the NFL is doing this.  I wish they would do it for prostate cancer as well.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2009 2:30 pm

The NFL is Going Pink

Hard to say why Mr. Pumpkin.  Could be she's afraid they might find something, or feels she's not at risk, or just plain hates the exam because they're often done with the pap (and the mammograms are really pure torture).

I have to admit, I had put off getting my first mammogram, but that changed when I found a lump myself during a self-exam.  The mammo showed a lump, it wasn't the same one that I found.  Thankfully in the end it turned out to be a cyst.

Of course my husband will probably read this and scoff, telling me I'm one to talk, since I've been putting off having a stress 

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2009 2:13 pm

The NFL is Going Pink

Why can't I get Mrs. Pumpkin to get a check-up?  She's be 36 in November and her grandmother (on her father's side) had breast cancer.  She says she doesn't have time, procrastinates, and never does it.  Why is she so hard-headed?


Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2009 11:35 am

The NFL is Going Pink

Thanks Floyd

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2009 10:54 am

The NFL is Going Pink

Great post and great cause...job well done!

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2009 10:53 am

The NFL is Going Pink condolences to your wife and family.  I lost an aunt, back in the early 80's to breast cancer.  It was before the push of making every one aware of breast cancer.  So much has changed since then. 

It's also good to see that so much more is coming to light about the various types of cancers...and the push for early detection...prostate, colon, cervical and ovarian cancer. 

Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2009 10:40 am

Thanks, Mom.....

.....for heighting the awareness of this.  Most people know someone who has been touched by this disease, either a family member or friend or parents/siblings of friends.  My wife lost her mother to breast cancer, and we have been string advocates for awareness ever since.  Glad to see the NFL doing their part. 

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