The White House looked a little different last night. President Obama issued a proclamation Monday morning declaring October to be National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and, to honor the occasion, the famous residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue became the Pink House.
CNN reports that the White House was “bathed in pink lights” last night in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In his proclamation, Obama said:
“This month, we stand with the mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, and friends who have been affected by breast cancer, and we recognize the ongoing efforts of dedicated advocates, researchers, and health care providers who strive each day to defeat this terrible disease. In memory of the loved ones we have lost and inspired by the resilience of those living with the disease, let us strengthen our resolve to lead our Nation toward a future free from cancer in all its forms.”
The White House estimates that over 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during 2012. According to CNN, that’s a pretty safe prediction since over 230,000 women were diagnosed last year.
“We honor those we have lost, lend our strength to those who carry on the fight, and pledge to educate ourselves and our loved ones about this tragic disease.”
CNN notes that the Obama administration has worked to give women better access to breast cancer treatment. The Affordable Healthcare Act makes mammograms and other cancer screenings more accessible to women.
“Breast cancer touches the lives of Americans from every background and in every community across our nation … my administration remains committed to ensuring quality health care that includes preventative services for women.”