With the support of the Fire Chief, Whitchurch-Stouffville firefighters are joining their counterparts from across North America in October by wearing pink in support of the fight against breast cancer.
Firefighters exposed to carcinogens and other chemicals while on the job are disproportionately diagnosed with breast cancer – just one of many cancers linked to the work they do. With one in eight women diagnosed each year in Canada, 26,500 new cases of breast cancer and 5,000 deaths were estimated for 2017. Among all women affected, 85 percent have no family history of the disease.
“Firefighters are motivated to get involved for many reasons and, often, it’s because they have been personally affected,” says Sean Tucker, a Whitchurch Stouffville Fire and Emergency Services firefighter and member of the charity committee. “We are supporting breast cancer awareness and prevention by encouraging others to give so that no patient goes without life-saving treatments or having hope for a cure.”
Everyone is at risk for breast cancer. The two most important risks are being female and getting older. Most women diagnosed with breast cancer have no other known factors. To help reduce your risk, be sure to maintain a healthy weight, eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercise and limit alcohol consumption.
Whitchurch-Stouffville firefighters are encouraging everyone in the community to participate in breast cancer awareness and prevention activities. They will be selling their pink T-shirts from the fire station at 100 Weldon Road, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and other events in town throughout October. All proceeds will go to the Markham-Stouffville Hospital.
Main photo: Stouffville’s firefighters proudly wear pink T-shirts in support of breast cancer awareness.