Sarasota Police to voluntarily wear pink shrouds, ribbon pins or badges for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

SARASOTA, Fla. -- October 2, 2017 -- 2:30 p.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is Going Pink!  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Sarasota Police Department, in partnership with the Sarasota Police Foundation, is working to raise breast cancer awareness.

To show support for men and women fighting breast cancer and remember those who have passed away, Officers and Civilians have been authorized by Chief Bernadette DiPino to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by voluntarily wearing a pink badge, pink ribbon pin or a pink shroud. 

In collaboration with the Sarasota Police Foundation, the Sarasota Police Department will also be selling pink patches for $10 each, while supplies last, with all proceeds raised going to the American Cancer Society.  Pink patches can be purchased at the Sarasota Police Department Front Desk, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.  The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 37.  Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50.  These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.

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