October is not only the time to harvest the grapes, olives and chestnuts, it is also International Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The campaign aims to increase early detection and treatment, as well as palliative care of the disease.
In Italy, 45,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, with a 14% increase in the disease over the past six years. The Lega Italiana per la Lotta ai Tumori, LILT, runs a special breast cancer screening programme at this time of year, the Campagna Nastro Rosa. Unfortunately, there is little information provided for Massa Carrara, only a telephone number, but click here for more details.
One in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime during their life. That means most of us know someone who has been touched by the illness – friend, colleague, mother, sister, daughter. My ‘Pink Lunigiana’ photo is dedicated to all the brave women, wherever they are, who have struggled or who continue to struggle with the disease.
If you have a ‘Pink Lunigiana’ photo you could like to dedicate to those fighting breast cancer, send me a link to your website and I will publish a list at the end of October. If you don’t have your own website, send me a copy of your photo, and I will publish it for you with full credits.