Pink pumpkins pop up in Baton Rouge for breast cancer awareness

October 14, 2018 by  

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is being celebrated in a unique way by the Baton Rouge General Medical Center.

At its Bluebonnet campus, the Medical Center recently kicked off its campaign on cancer awareness with its pumpkin patch filled with pink pumpkins. Volunteers of the Medical Center have put on display thousands of pink pumpkins as part of its ‘Pop-Up Pink Pumpkin Patch’. In honor of breast cancer awareness, people can bring home one of these pumpkins to display at their homes.

These pumpkins are known as ‘porcelain doll’ pumpkins and were created and grown to fight the battle against breast cancer. The hospital is using these pumpkins to promote mammograms to be done every year for women who are 40 years and older.

The hospital has said that because of greater awareness, better treatment, and more women getting mammograms, deaths from breast cancer have dropped dramatically in the past two decades. However, women who are 40 years and older still need to speak with their doctor about scheduling a mammogram, as early detection enables less-extensive surgery and side-effects that are less serious than if the cancer is detected at a later stage.

Flyer printing is often used to attract the community to displays such as this, and to publicize efforts of cancer awareness.