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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Cute Pink Athlete Socks... and They Save Lives Too!

So it's October again, and October is, of course, Breast Cancer Awareness month. That means a lot of pink ribbons, and pink pins, and apparently pink buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken. It also means getting serious about sports such as American Football, Baseball, and lacrosse. So why not combine the two ideas and get a pair (or four) of nice pink athletic socks? It's becoming more relevant all the time - even among male players. Some football teams have taken it to a whole new level with team helmets or uniforms incorporating the color pink into them.

Actually, that brings up something very important. The reason why October is the month of awareness is because so many people are confused or ignorant on certain points. For instance, men also get breast cancer. Every year in America over 2000 men are diagnosed, and of those diagnosed some 410 will die. The fact of the matter is that men often are unaware of the danger they face, and so they delay diagnosis meaning that overall men have a higher rate of mortality than women. That said, some groups of women have a worse chance at survival than others - minorities (particularly black females), those with low incomes (which at times overlaps with minority groups), and those lacking good health care.

Another issue that highlights the need for awareness is that there are a lot of myths out there. While a genetic link won't help a woman's chances - only 10 percent of those found with breast cancer have a familial or genetic link. More telling is perhaps race, and social class - which unfortunately tends to end up with more affluent white females being diagnosed in time, and fewer poor minorities getting treatment. Overall, there needs to be more awareness regarding this situation.

So buying a nice pair of pink athletic socks won't just make a person trendy (that is still a trend, right), but it may well save a life or two. People ignore billboards, they change the channel when unpleasant commercials come on, they avoid workshops, and throw away pamphlets. What people aren't likely to do is to ignore the players on the field - players with nice stylish pink socks in styles appropriate for boys, girls, and unisex. Besides which if the pink is bright enough, maybe it'll distract the other players and lend a bit of an edge - it certainly won't hurt anything.


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