Each year in the United States, approximately 170,000 cases of breast cancer are found, with 1-2% of those being in men. Nearly 40,000 deaths occur in relation to those cases.
As part of their push for injury and illness prevention in addition to firefighting and fire prevention, Rio Rancho firefighters will once again be "Tough Enough to Wear Pink.” Each year, Rio Rancho’s bravest wear pink t-shirts on-duty and also sell them at different businesses throughout Rio Rancho in support of breast cancer awareness and research.
Breast cancer affects women, men, and children and it does not discriminate as to age. Approximately 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime, and about 1 in 35 will die from it. There are currently over 2.5 million cancer survivors in the United States.
The department is also restoring an old fire engine to use in the fight against breast cancer to raise awareness. The engine has been painted it pink and donations to finish the restoration are being accepted.