Gastonia PD wears pink patches, badges for breast cancer

Bethan Mooney for TIME

October is breast cancer awareness month and we are giving this helpful tips on how to prevent breast cancer by changing some lifestyle choices.

Officers and staff members are now wearing pink badges and patches on their uniforms to honor survivors as well as those who lost their lives to cancer.

The room will be filled with bras, decorated by different Lansing businesses and community groups, all to raise money for Lansing-area breast cancer patients. All of the proceeds will stay local and go to the Genesis Center for Breast Health in Davenport, Iowa.

The Pink Patch Project (#PinkPatchProject) is an innovative public awareness campaign that involves hundreds of public safety agencies around the country.

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During the month of October, the Prescott Police Department and the Prescott Police Foundation will be selling these patches at the Prescott Police Department and at many community events.

"Most all of us know somebody either personally that has been affected by breast cancer", Bettendorf Police Chief Keith Kimball said.

Black women are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer despite doctors diagnosing the disease in African-American and white women at about the same rate, the CDC reported.

Altru says they hope the free exams might draw in women who would not have otherwise gotten checked.

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