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Sheriff's office dons hot pink badges for breast cancer awareness

The Meeker County Sheriff's Office is wearing pink badges for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

A sheriff's office just southwest of St. Cloud has officers trading in their gold star-shaped badges for hot pink ones.

It's not just a fashion statement, Meeker County officials are doing it to support those battling breast cancer.

According to a news release, a deputy there – Marc Berris – recently lost an aunt to the cancer and proposed officials there don pink badges.

“All of us know someone whose life has been impacted by breast cancer,” Sheriff Brian Cruze said in a statement. “Wearing the pink badges is a way for us to show support for those members of our community who are battling the disease, and to raise awareness about the benefits of early detection.

Breast Cancer Awareness month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime – it's the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.

About 246,660 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and more than 40,000 will die from it.

The foundation says men can get breast cancer too. It's rare, but every year 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 440 will die.

The state Department of Health says people can lower their risk by maintaining a healthy weight and diet.

It says women who bear children earlier in life and breastfeed have lower risks.

The department also highly recommends that women are regularly screened so that cancer can be detected as early as possible.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends women between 50 and 74 years of age – who are at average risk for the cancer – get screened every two years.

You can find more information about breast cancer on the American Cancer Society's website.

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