BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad (BHVRS) is doing their part to support the cause.

This month, Squad members will be sporting slightly different uniforms by wearing pink shirts as a way to remind residents about the importance of breast cancer awareness. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women, after skin cancer. About 41,000 women and 460 men in the US die from breast cancer each year.  But breast cancer research continues onward and there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors including those being treated and who completed treatment.

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According to the CDC, 'mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms.’ Check the CDC website for more information (https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/breastcancerawareness/index.htm) and talk with your doctor.

To support cancer research, BHVRS will be selling pink Rescue Squad Supporter Shirts, the net proceeds of which will be donated to cancer research groups.  If you’d like to purchase a Supporter shirt give us a call (908-464-1141) or email us at Membership@bhvrs.org or come to our Open House/Meet&Greets every Tuesday night from 7-9 p.m.

We’ve all been touched by cancer at some point in our lives.  We all know a relative, friend or neighbor who has braved the fight against cancer. As EMS members in the community, we feel this would be one nice way to give back and make people more aware of ways they can help to fight cancer.