The power of pink pumpkins
Why is a pink pumpkin bedazzled with glitter, feathers and paint so amazing? Because it raises awareness about breast cancer, the leading cause of cancer death among women of all races. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, UF&Shands and the Shands Arts in Medicine Program held a “Pink Pumpkin Painting Party” for the community and a companion event for patients. More than 500 people attended the community event, helping to transform meager pumpkins into pretty-in- pink works of art.
The event was designed to heighten awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, and to celebrate the lives of women diagnosed with the disease. Every year one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, that’s one woman diagnosed every 3 minutes. Nearly 40,000 women die each year from breast cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates as many as 30 percent of those deaths could be prevented if every woman 50 and older were aware of and followed recommended screening practices, such as annual mammograms and monthly breast self exams.