The White House Was Lit Up in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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On Sunday night, October 1, the White House was lit up in a pink hue to denote the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The tradition began during President George W. Bush’s second term, ran through both of Obama’s terms, and has been continued into 2017.

A tweet from Melania Trump showed how the pink lights looked from the inside of the White House, and it was undeniably stunning. “During October, we raise awareness and encourage people to take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer,” AOL quotes the First Lady. “I encourage all women to talk to their healthcare providers about mammograms and other methods of early detection and what can be done to reduce that risk.”

According to CNN, one in eight American women will develop breast cancer, and the American Cancer Society heartbreakingly estimates that we will lose 40,000 Americans to the disease this year.

Due to the severity and widespread nature of breast cancer, the White House and other organizations want to bring attention to this important month and encourage donations and thorough medical care. For example, the San Antonio Police Department will sport pink patches and undershirts to also raise awareness. Check out their efforts here.