Historic City Hall clock tower lights up pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 19, 2021

Louisville – Councilwoman Amy Holton Stewart (D-25) will recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month during Thursday’s Metro Council meeting at 6:00 p.m.

The goal of the month, which was originally founded in partnership by the American Cancer Society in 1985, is to educate women and men about breast cancer and early detection tests. In a show of support, City Hall’s clock tower will light up pink and Council Chambers will be decorated with pink ribbons through the month of October.

“As the mother of a young adult woman, I think it’s critical for us to stress the importance of self examinations while our children are teenagers. My daughter faces a history of breast cancer on both sides of the family, so it’s something I take seriously,” said Councilwoman Holton Stewart.

It’s estimated there will be more than 281,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer among women in the U.S. in 2021, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. And the foundation estimates 43,600 women will die from breast cancer this year.

Men are also susceptible to breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen Foundation estimates there will be 2,650 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 530 breast cancer deaths among men in the U.S. this year.

Councilwoman Holton Stewart encourages women and men in Louisville to learn more about breast cancer, practice self examinations, and become champions of their health.

“I admire the strength of my family and friends who have overcome breast cancer, and I pray for many years of continued health for them. I hope the community will take time this month to support those who are currently fighting breast cancer or have lost a loved one because of it,” she said.
 

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