October 2015


  1. The Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2015

begins on Thursday, October 1 and ends on Saturday, October 31.

2.  Signs and symptoms of Breast Cancer


3. THINK PINK for Breast Health Awareness

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

  • If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
  • If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.

Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.


4. The Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.

There are about 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year (IARC Globocan, 2008). Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries. In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has been rising up steadily in the last years due to increase in life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles.


5.  Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Down syndrome occurs when an individual has three copies of the 21st chromosome, rather than two.

• This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.

Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels.

 • The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother, but due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80 percent of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age.

People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, childhood leukemia, and thyroid conditions.

 • Many of these conditions are now treatable, so most people with Down syndrome lead healthy lives.

A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm.

 • Every person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees, or not at all.

Have more questions? Contact the DSAGSL at 314.961.2504 or info@dsagsl.org


6. Breastfeeding Cancer in Men

Breast cancer is about 100 times less common among men than among women. For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. The number of breast cancer cases in men relative to the population has been fairly stable over the last 30 years.

7. Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Mont

is observed annually in the United States on October 15.  It is a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death which includes, but is not limited to, miscarriage, still birth, SIDS or the death of a newborn.

Each year this day is observed with remembrance ceremonies and candle lighting vigils.

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is observed on October 15 in Canada and in recent years in the United Kingdom, Western Australia, New South Wales and Italy.


8. National Make a Difference Day.


National Make A Difference Day is an annual community service event which is held on the fourth Saturday in October.

Millions of people have united in the common mission to improve the lives of others.



  1. Fun Facts about October

The 10th month of the year is an outstanding one

In the Georgian calendar, the calendar that most of the world uses, October is the tenth month of the year. In early Roman calendar, it was actually the eighth month and there are 31 days in October ever since the since of the Roman emperor August. In North Temperature zone, the first frost happens, leaves change colors and leaves fall. By the time, most of the birds would have left for the South hemisphere to protect themselves from cold weather. However, in southern hemisphere, October’s weather is just like the northern hemisphere’s April weather. In October, farmers bring the last of the fall crops and ship them to other parts of the U.S. and also, many apples are harvested.

  1. Halloween


3. National Pierogi Day

Today is the day that pierogi lovers across the nation have been waiting for, it is National Pierogi Day.  This holiday is celebrated each year on October 8.

  • Pierogi is the plural form of the rarely used Polish word pierog.
  • The word Pierogi can be found spelled a number of ways including perogi and pierogy.



National Walk to School Day is observed annually on the first Wednesday in October. This is a day to get out and get some exercise while enjoying the weather.

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. It isn’t hard on our joints and feet like running and jogging but still gives us all the advantages.

The goal of this day is to raise awareness and support for the health, community and environmental benefits of regularly walking or biking to school.



Columbus Day is an United States observance that is celebrated each year on the second Monday in October.  The day celebrates Christopher Columbus’ arrival to America on October 12, 1492.   


Colorado celebrated in 1906 when Columbus Day became an official state holiday in their state.  It then grew and soon became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937, though people had been celebrating Columbus’ voyage since the colonial period.  In 1792, there were celebrations in New York City and other US cities, celebrating the 300th anniversary of his landing in the New World.  President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to join together in celebration of Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of the event.  During the anniversary in 1892, teachers, preachers, poets and politicians used Columbus Day rituals to teach ideals of patriotism.  These patriotic teachings were framed around themes  of support for war, citizenship boundaries, the importance of loyalty to the nation and celebrating social progress.

In 1970,  Columbus Day was changed to the current observation on the second Monday in October.

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616)                      from Macbeth

Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and caldron bubble.


7. Sweetest Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was created in Cleveland, Ohio, by candy-maker and philanthropist, Herbert Birch Kingston. The very first Sweetest Day, which was originally called “Sweetest Day of the Year”, was pronounced as October 8, 1921.




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