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City of New Bedford Police don pink badges this month to raise awareness for breast cancer



October is breast cancer awareness month. For the second year in a row, you’ll be seeing many of our officers wearing these badges to raise awareness.

In 2023, an estimated 297,790 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S., making it the most common cancer in American women. Every two minutes a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with the disease (BCRF, 2023).

“Like this devastating illness affecting our community, it deeply touches the lives of our department’s members. This month, as a solemn reminder, we wear these badges. They represent our reflection on the stark fact that roughly every 14 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. We wear these badges to honor those we’ve lost, applaud the resilience of those fighting, and share our hope for a cancer-free future.”-Chief Paul Oliveira.

You can find a number of breast cancer statistics and resources here.

About Michael Silvia

Served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Owner of New Bedford Guide.

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