White House to glow pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The White House turned a different shade Sunday, October 1, 2017 to highlight National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
First lady Melania Trump tweeted a photo of her hot pink view from inside the White House, saying, "In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month we lit the @WhiteHouse pink!"
"During October, we raise awareness and encourage people to take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer," first lady Melania Trump said in a statement released ahead of the White House being illuminated in pink light Sunday.
"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."
"More than 250,000 American women and 2,000 men will likely be diagnosed with some form of breast cancer in 2017. Because of early detection and improved treatment options, deaths from breast cancer have decreased significantly in the last decade, but there is still work to be done," read a statement from the White House.
The annual tradition started by President George W. Bush in 2008 is also a gesture of support to the more than 250,000 women and 2,000 men in the U.S. who will likely be diagnosed with some form of breast cancer in 2017.