October is a veritable feast of special holidays, including Do Something Nice Day (October 5), Moldy Cheese Day (October 9), Wear Something Gaudy Day (October 17), World Pasta Day (October 25) and National Candy Corn Day (October 30). It's also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is why you're seeing pink everywhere you look, from the grocery store to the football field.
After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. One in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. This year, about 300,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, plus another 2,600 men. Close to 40,000 women will die from it.
Fortunately, cancer researchers are making great progress. Since the year 2000, breast cancer incidence rates have been decreasing. In fact, they dropped 7% from 2002 to 2003 alone, possibly due to the reduced use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) after the 2002 Women's Health Initiative study results suggested a connection between HRT and increased breast cancer risk.
Chances are, you know someone who has battled this deadly disease, or lost a family member to it. And as a woman-owned business, we want to do something about that. So we're making a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for every purchase made during the month of October. Purchase any gourmet food gift - whether or not it includes moldy cheese - and we'll send $1 to help women detect breast cancer in its early stages - when it is most treatable - and encourage others to do the same.
Thanks for all of your support in October 2014! We were able to contribute $50 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in your honor.
Thanks for all of your support in October 2015! We were able to contribute $120 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in your honor.