You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t been affected by breast cancer. Whether it’s their mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, or even just a friend, everyone has a story that they can tell.

Two women in my life have battled breast cancer for years and triumphed. They underwent chemo and/or radiation. One even came out of remission, but both are thankfully stronger than ever today. It was immediate action and perseverance that helped these women successfully beat cancer and continue living their lives today.

In October, and in every month, wearing pink is more than just a pretty color to me. It’s a subtle reminder that every day is precious and to be aware of my body and take care of myself. Here are some ways I accessorize my outfits to keep that reminder fresh.

Breast Cancer Awareness is Year-Round

This scarf has various shades of pink and I wear it for the ladies in my life who have survived cancer, and for the ones yet to be diagnosed who I hope will be survivors too.

Breast Cancer Awareness is Year-Round

The light pink Tieks flats (developed to raise awareness of breast cancer) are for the losses, for the ones who were taken away too soon, and in hopes that other women get mammograms and educate themselves early.

According to, in the United States, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. While this number is startling, surviving breast cancer is possible. When breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the five-year survival rate is over 95 percent.

Encourage the women in your life today to “think pink” year-round and get checked!

Christine Petric

Christine Petric is the founder of The View From 5 ft. 2, a personal style and fashion blog. Christine provides style tips and inspiration with an additional petite perspective. She is a Texas native that currently resides in Chicago working for Groupon and additionally contributes to the StyleList network. Christine has been spotted in several publications such as, Lucky Magazine, Refinery 29, New York Magazine's The Cut, and Glitter Guide. When she's not blogging, she's exploring the city, learning photography and calligraphy or laughing about something somewhere.

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