October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is promoting awareness by lighting a Sussex County Bridge pink.
Not only is the Indian River Inlet Bridge lit up in pink this month, but DelDOT deputy director of community relations Pam Lilly says two toll plazas on Route 1 are also lit pink.
“DelDOT knows the importance of supporting breast cancer awareness. So we’re proud to promote awareness by lighting up the Indian River Inlet Bridge and two of our toll plazas in pink this year to promote awareness and let women, as well as men, know to get checked,” Lilly said.
Lilly adds that she has personally had family members suffer from breast cancer.
“This affects so many people. I personally have had family members who have suffered with breast cancer. DelDOT just is aware of the significance and the importance of promoting breast cancer awareness and we just want to do everything we can to get the word out and promote it,” said Lilly.
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. More than 249,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every year and nearly 41,000 die from the disease.
Nearly 250,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the United States.
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition suggests getting screened and recommends checking with your doctor about when to get screenings.
People are higher risk should have a mammogram every year starting at age 40, and you should see your healthcare provider right away if you notice any changes in your breasts.
In addition to the bridge and toll plazas being lit pink, DelDOT also has a pink snow plow stopping at various locations this month to promote awareness.