As the leaves change and the nights grow cooler, so do our nail trends. For October, we saw a rise in festive hues fit for witches and ghouls. But this year means more than just black cats and orange pumpkins. Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings an avalanche of pink nails for a good cause. For nearly two decades, the month of October has been dedicated to raising awareness about cancer. From light-up hats to gloves with fingers cut out, these public displays of concern aren’t exactly subtle – but they’re effective at their primary goal: raising awareness about cancer and the organizations that fight it.
What is Cancer Awareness Month?
Cancer Awareness Month (or, more simply, “CAM”) is an annual campaign held in October, designed to raise awareness about cancer and the organizations that fight it. CAM raises awareness about preventable cancers, “acceptable” cancer screenings, treatment options, and emotional and financial support for patients. CAM also aims to inform people about the importance of early cancer detection and encourage people to get screened for cancer. The origins of CAM date back to the 1930s when the American Cancer Society (ACS) launched the first breast cancer awareness campaign. Since then, other organizations, such as the National Cancer Institute, have joined the fight, and October has become a month-long celebration of cancer awareness.
Why Celebrate Cancer Awareness Month with Pink Nails?
Pink, the color of awareness, is synonymous with breast cancer and the fight against it. So, it’s no surprise that pink is the most popular color for October. But, while the color is cheerful and uplifting, the reason behind it is anything but. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, with one in eight women developing it in their lifetimes. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death in women, with about 40,000 American women dying yearly. And that’s why the color pink has taken the nail world by storm. It’s not just an aesthetic choice: it’s a deliberate statement that you support the fight against breast cancer. It’s a reminder that so many women are affected by this devastating disease and that we must do everything we can to fight it.
Which Causes to Support Your Color Choice
Pink: Breast cancer research and support for people living with the disease. Hot Pink: The fight against HIV/AIDS. Light Pink: The American Lung Association, especially research on lung cancer. Dark Gray: The melanoma and skin cancer research of the American Cancer Society. Light Gray: The lymphoma research of the American Society for Hematology. Rose Gold: Breast cancer research and support for people living with the disease. Dark Purple: The pancreatic cancer research of the American Cancer Society. Light Purple: The ovarian cancer research of the American Cancer Society.
Dark Grey Nails for a Good Cause
If you are looking for something a little more subtle but want to show your support, then dark grey nails are the perfect way to go. There will be less evidence than a bright pink, but it also shows that you are aware of cancer and want to help prevent it. Dark grey is a great color combination with other nail art, such as flowers or stars. If you don’t want to go all out with nail art, then dark grey is a great option.
Light Pink Nails for a Good Cause
Light pink is the way to go if you want a color that is easy to spot but subtle enough to maintain a professional appearance. You can easily use light pink for everyday activities, such as going to work, shopping, or going out to eat. Light pink is a great color choice if you want to show your support for breast cancer but also want to show that you aren’t going to be obnoxious about it.
Rose Gold Nails for a Good Cause
If you want to show your support for breast cancer but use your color choice to express your individuality, rose gold is the color for you. Rose gold is a color that will stand out but also has a unique feel that makes it different from every other pink or purple color. Rose gold is a great color choice if you want to be stylish while showing your support for breast cancer research.
Cancer Awareness Month is an excellent opportunity to show your support for those living with and dying from cancer. And what better way to do so than with a colorful manicure? From pink to dark grey, there are so many color combinations; you’re sure to find one that fits your style and charitable cause.