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8 - October 14, 2011 | Salem Community Patriot Origins of the Pink Ribbon These days ribbons are worn for many different causes. Red signi-

fies AIDS awareness. A yellow ribbon has long represented support for armed forces. However, one of the most prominent ribbon colors is pink, which aims to raise awareness of and support for breast cancer.

Pink is a color that is uniquely feminine, and it also represents a person full of health and vibrancy; think of little babies pink with life. Pink is also a color that seems the complete antithesis of cancer, and thusly inspires hope for renewed health and survival. There is some controversy surrounding the origins of the breast cancer mascot … the pink ribbon. There are also suggestions that the


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ribbon was intended to be peach and not pink. In 1992, just about every organization started using ribbons to

raise awareness. The New York Times actually dubbed 1992 “The Year of the Ribbon.” Alexandra Penney, the then-editor of Self magazine, wanted to create a ribbon for the publication’s second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month issue. The previous year she had worked with cosmetics giant Estee Lauder. Evelyn Lauder, the senior corporate vice president, was herself a breast cancer survivor. Penney thought a collaboration between the magazine and Lauder could see a ribbon on cosmetic counters across the nation, and help sell a few magazines in the process. The trouble was Penney had read a story about a 68-year-old

woman, Charlotte Haley, who was producing handmade ribbons in her home. Haley had a number of people in her immediate family who had battled breast cancer and her handmade “peach” ribbons intended to raise awareness about the limited government funds be- ing used for breast cancer research. Haley’s message was spreading by word of mouth. Penney and Lauder contacted Haley and wanted to further col-

laborate on the peach ribbon theme. However, Haley didn’t want to be involved, saying the effort would be too commercial. She refused to turn over rights to the use of the peach ribbon. As a result, Penney consulted with attorneys who said to come up with another color, and pink was eventually chosen. Pink had already been associated with breast cancer in the past. Just a few years earlier, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Founda-

tion had given out pink visors to its “Race for the Cure” participants. It had also cre- ated a pink ribbon. The pink ribbon quickly took off by leaps and bounds. Millions were distributed by Estee Lauder. There are many philanthropic and commercial businesses who now use the pink ribbon in their breast cancer marketing plans. Every October, women are urged to don pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One can find the pink ribbon adorning every- thing from cereal boxes to cans of cleanser. Many embrace the pink ribbon as a symbol of hope, one that has done its share of work toward spreading the word about the need for more breast cancer aware- ness and research.

Genetics and Breast Cancer Intertwined

The factors that affect breast cancer risk are numerous. Some of those factors are simple. For example, being a woman and getting older automatically increases the risk for breast cancer. Other factors are more complex.

Among the more complex risk factors for breast cancer is genetics. Same Great Team.

Every cell in the body is made of genetic material, or genes. These genes affect nearly every function of the body and, when working properly, help the body stay healthy. However, sometimes genes fail to perform their job at full capacity. When this happens, an error known as a mutation occurs. These mutations can be in- herited or spontaneous, and either type of mutation can increase a person’s risk for illness and disease.

In the case of breast cancer, scientists have pinpointed two genes that, when mu- tated, can play an important role in the development of breast cancer. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes everyone has, and some people inherit a mutated form of BRCA1 or BRCA2 that increases their risk for breast cancer. However, according to the American Cancer Society, such inherited gene muta- tions account for just five to 10 percent of all cases of breast cancer in the United

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States. Mutated BRCA genes can be spontaneous and even occur in men. Men who carry these abnormal genes are at greater risk of prostate cancer, and men carrying the mutated BRCA2 gene have an increased risk of breast cancer as well. While the discovery of the gene linked to breast cancer is an important one, concerned men and women might want to know they have inherited the gene mutation. A genetic counselor can help individuals decode their family’s health history and interpret the results of genetic testing. For those interested in genetic testing, the counselor will need a thorough family health history and will then have men and women go through pre-test counseling to determine if it’s necessary to go through with genetic testing. During the pre-test counseling, a counselor will explain the procedure, what its risks and benefits are, its cost, and other potential ramifications, including what patients will do once they learn the results of the test. Learn- ing the results can be an especially emotional moment, and pre-test counseling helps men and women prepare for learning those results. For those who go through with the genetic testing, a blood sample will be taken and results are typically available within three weeks. The counselor will then help patients interpret the results. The Na- tional Cancer Institute ( can help interested parties find a genetic counselor. Men and women wary of testing should know that certain fac- tors might help determine if they have inherited a mutation in their BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. Those factors include: * your mother, sister or daughter has had breast cancer before age


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Professional Society Recognizes Insurance Agent

The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) recently honored

Jennifer Rodonis, CIC, of Rodonis Insurance Services, 294 Derry Road, in Hudson, for her continued dedication and leadership in the insurance industry.

Rodonis was awarded a certificate

of achievement, recognizing five consecutive years of active affiliation with the Society of CIC. The CIC designation carries meaningful prestige in the insurance profession as it signifies commitment to advanced knowledge and customer service. The Society’s President, Dr. William

T. Hold, CIC, CPCU, CLU, cited, “This accomplishment denotes outstanding achievement within the insurance profession. The high standards maintained by Jennifer Rodonis and Rodonis Insurance Services will reflect positively on clients, associates and the insurance profession as a whole.” The Society of CIC is the founding program of the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research, the nation’s leading source of continuing education programs for the insurance and risk management industries. Other members of the organization include the Society of Certified Insurance Service Representatives (CISR), the Certified Risk Manager Program (CRM), and The National Research Academy.

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Dance of a Lifetime Carlene Nazarian

Dance Center dancers: Michaela Auterio

(Windham), Michaela Cullum-Doyle, Nicole Kocur, Brittanie Lister (Hudson), Lyndsay Miller (Windham), Julie Wall (Salem),

Maddy Wallace, and Shelby Walsh.

submitted by Nikki Carr The talented Dancers of the Carlene Nazarian Dance Center (CNDC) were chosen as one of only 20 studios to compete for a chance to be the opening act for the Radio City Rockettes in Boston, MA. The competition was sponsored by the Boston Globe and the Radio City Rockettes. The dancers took to the stage at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, performed for three judges (two of which were Radio City Rockettes), and previewed the Rockettes new Holiday performance. Although the girls did not win the grand prize, CNDC was the only studio featured in the Boston Globe under the heading “Dance of a Lifetime!” We could not be more proud of our amazing young dancers. For information on becoming a member of the CNDC team, call 898-9220 or visit us at

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