October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and people throughout Siouxland are doing what they can to support the fight against that killer, even some firefighters.
You may have noticed firefighters this week wearing bright pink versus their usual uniforms; it's because they're helping raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and the June E. Nylen Cancer Center.
In Iowa, the American Cancer Society estimates that over 17,000 women have been affected this year by the disease.
To combat those numbers, Sioux City's heroes hope they can honor those women and help beat cancer because real men wear pink and women too, especially this month.
They're continuing the fight with the second annual fundraiser with the pink T-shirt sales.
While firefighters throw themselves into the ring of fire every day, they say, the fight against breast cancer is just as serious. They hope to bring awareness and support to the cancer community.
"I think just about everybody on this job, probably somewhere, where there was grandparents or in-laws or mother or sisters. There's somewhere, it seems like everybody you talk to that says 'yeah this was my story' and you know it's a big deal so we're just trying to do our part to help," said Captain Dan Cougill.
Proceeds will go to the local cancer center in Sioux City, which will be used for further detection and prevention.
And while wearing pink is a sign of solidarity, health officials also wants people to remember what the month is actually all about.
"It's just a lot of awareness that reminds people to get their mammogram, to support their local organizations that-- that take a part in breast cancer education and awareness," said Pat Hubbard, director of fund development at the June E. Nylen Cancer Center.
Screenings are the best way to be proactive.
Women over the age of 40 are encouraged to have a mammogram every 1 to 2 years.
And while most celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness this month, it's also Liver Cancer Awareness Month, so don't just wear pink this month, be sure to add some green to your wardrobe and get tested as well.
As health officials advise, get educated about your health and speak with your physician about early screenings and detection.
You can buy one of the pink T-Shirts for $20 dollars at any firehouse or the Fire department's headquarters downtown.
Additionally, a few local businesses should be carrying the shirts soon.BEdme@siouxlandnews.com