Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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2017 GPD Breast Cancer Awareness Vehicle

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2016 GPD Breast Cancer Awareness Vehicle

2016 Breast Cancer Vehicle

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2015 GPD Breast Cancer Awareness Vehicle

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Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital

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Adventist Medical Center

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2016 Breast Cancer Awareness Adventist

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USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

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Rosemont Middle School Breast Cancer Awareness Day

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes place every year during the month of October. It is an annual health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to increase the awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

The Glendale Police Department supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month by adding a bright pink Ford Explorer police unit and pink motorcycles to its fleet of vehicles for the month of October. The pink Explorer will be on display at various cancer awareness events and businesses in the City of Glendale throughout the month.

In addition, the Glendale Police Officers’ Association (GPOA) have partnered with the #PinkPatchProject. GPD Officers will be wearing a pink version of the uniform patch in support of the awareness campaign. Members of the community can purchase a limited edition patch for $10.00 at the front desk of the police station or by contacting the GPOA office gpoa@pacbell.net. All proceeds from the sale of the patches will be donated to cancer research.

The Glendale Police Department would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for sponsoring the Glendale Police Department Breast Cancer Awareness Vehicles:

  • Glendale Police Foundation
  • Vital Medical Services
  • Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital
  • Adventist Medical Center
  • USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
  • Bistagne Bros Body Shop
  • Sierra Sign Images
  • Megaplex Tinting

Without the generous support from our community, this campaign would not be possible.

Breast Cancer Facts and Figures: https://bit.ly/2COZn4F

  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12.4%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,960 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
  • About 2,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2018. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
  • Breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. began decreasing in the year 2000, after increasing for the previous two decades. They dropped by 7% from 2002 to 2003 alone. One theory is that this decrease was partially due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by women after the results of a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. These results suggested a connection between HRT and increased breast cancer risk.
  • About 40,920 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2018 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989. Women under 50 have experienced larger decreases. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
  • For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
  • Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. In 2017, it's estimated that about 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers.
  • In women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African-American women than white women. Overall, African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer. For Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women, the risk of developing and dying from breast cancer is lower.
  • As of January 2018, there are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.
  • A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.
  • About 5-10% of breast cancers can be linked to gene mutations (abnormal changes) inherited from one’s mother or father. Mutations of the BRCA1and BRCA2 genes are the most common. On average, women with a BRCA1 mutation have a 55-65% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. For women with a BRCA2 mutation, the risk is 45%. Breast cancer that is positive for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations tends to develop more often in younger women. An increased ovarian cancer risk is also associated with these genetic mutations. In men, BRCA2 mutations are associated with a lifetime breast cancer risk of about 6.8%; BRCA1 mutations are a less frequent cause of breast cancer in men.
  • About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.
  • The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).