Pink and Breast Cancer have become almost synonamous.  Breast Cancer Awareness and pink ribbons fly with the autumn leaves. Recently, driving through a neighborhood with several a lush and lovely home for sale, we were struck by the pink audacious pink streamers and bouncy pearl pink balloons over the yard and porch. Pink signs indicated the home was celebrating Open House. Breast Cancer Awareness?

The pink was not a commercial cry for attention. The pink decorations revealed a story:  The bright ribbons, pastel

Breast Cancer Awareness is symbolized by a pink palm.

Palm State has symbolically elected to paint all palms pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.

streamers and multi-hued pink balloons honored the owner of the Real Estate Agency as well as the owner of the home. Both of them had recently survived breast cancer.

Palm State Salutes Breast Cancer Awareness

Joining the topic of Breast Cancer Awareness with our usual mortgage and real estate information presents us with a challenge each year.  Breast Cancer Awareness brings its pink ribbons of recognition to every business every fall. However, we meet the challenge with grateful hearts.

Palm State Paints the Palms Pink

Thus we dedicate the October blogs, every year, to Breast Cancer Awareness. Palm State Mortgage salutes Breast Cancer Awareness Month with gratitude for the survivors and remembrance for those who lost their fight with this dread disease.

Breast Cancer Topic Predominates Finances

This week Palm State Mortgage Company interrupts its usual schedule of mortgage news and information.

Pink Ribbons go with October and Breast Cancer

Pink Ribbons stand for Hope and Support.

Breast Cancer Fact 1 Today we celebrate the cause of Breast Cancer Awareness by mentioning some of the Breast Cancer facts we should keep in the spotlight this special time of year. Thus, today’s blog will celebrate and advocate this important cause with some thought-provoking statistics.

Breast Cancer Fact 2 Today we attempt to do our part. Here at Palm State Mortgage Company, there is no doubt about it:  Fall brings Orlando world of color. We know you have seen gold and red leaves in the treetops of some of our parks, but we bet you’ve seldom seen pink palm trees.

Since our name is “Palm State Mortgage Company, we hereby symbolically “paint” our palm trees pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Mortgage Company Thinks Pink In October!

People everywhere are wearing that powerful pink loop of ribbon on jackets and collars. You see it on Orlando on

Survivors support each other with the pink badge of courage.

Each October we honor and support survivors and we remember those who lost the fight.

business people in offices and stores all over town. Winter Garden is ablaze with bright splashes pink here and there. For Whom Do We Wear Our Ribbons? With our pink ribbons, we honor our sisters, mothers, wives, daughters, aunts and friends.

Breast Cancer Fact 3. Some of them are among the lucky two million women survivors who have fought this disease and lived to tell their stories. Their pink ribbons celebrate life, as do their rallies, foot races and bake sales. They are pink badges of courage and support.

Some Breast Cancer Pink Ribbons Faded To Black

Breast Cancer Fact 4. Likewise, as we have said in previous years, October is the public month to remember those who fought bravely but did not survive this disease. Sadly, some pink ribbons turn to black.

“In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,960 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.”

At Palm State Mortgage, our hearts go out to breast cancer survivors all year-long, not just in October.  Undoubtedly, you will hear some breast cancer awareness facts more than once as the month continues. Palm State Mortgage Company hopes you will take a moment to understand them, and the actual women behind the statistics.

Breast Cancer Awareness: A Personal Crusade

In fact, each year, Palm State Mortgage suggests that we personalize the Breast Cancer statistics.  Let’s attempt to think about the feeling beyond the facts

Breast Cancer Fact 5.  We were very surprised to discover that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

Breast Cancer Fact 6. Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.  It is true that women have much to fear from lung cancer and melanoma. But when we look at statistics, breast cancer is still women’s number one cancer killer. Therefore, Of all the facts on all the breast Cancer Awareness posters, Palm State Mortgage Company hereby judges this one as the saddest.

Palm State Mortgage Company:  Think Pink!

The Florida Pink Out movement here in Orlando has outdone itself for awareness.  Have you seen the giant pink swan in

Breast Cancer Cause Supported by Palm State Mortgage.

We turn our symbolic palms of Palm State Mortgage Pink to honor Pink October.

Lake Eola?  Move over flamingos, there’s a new bird proclaiming the cause.

Likewise “First responders in Orlando and Orange County have unveiled newly wrapped pink service vehicles to help raise breast cancer awareness. Orange County Fire Rescue, the Orlando Fire Department and the Orlando Police Department teamed up with Orlando Health as two fire engines, two ambulances and a patrol vehicle were revealed Friday…”  And they had painted them (or “wrapped them, as we say now,) in glorious, awareness pink.

Breast Cancer Support Turns First Responders Pink

Likewise, we know of at least one newspaper that printed their first October issue in pink:  Florida Today. “We just want to keep reminding people that early detection is so important,” Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said. “For those people who already have breast cancer, we want to remind them that there’s hope.”

And then, “Breast cancer survivor Peggy Sue Munday was a guest speaker at the event. Munday’s mother was 61 when she died of breast cancer and her sister passed away from the disease at the age of 21. “It just knocks the wind right out of your sails,” Munday said.  “I didn’t have any cancer survivors.  Everyone I knew that had cancer had died.”

Breast Cancer Fact 7:  A woman’s risk “…nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.”

So, just for October, think of Palm State Mortgage as Pink Palm State Mortgage Company

Now, we ask you to consider this question:  how many of your friends and relatives have you reminded to make their

Flamingos even become drafted into the pink cause.

Cute, funny flamingos on guard! (They do have a message.)

2015 mammogram appointments? Early Detection is crucial to this fight.

And it can mean more than mammograms. 

Breast Cancer Fact 8:  “About 5-10% of breast cancers can be linked to gene mutations (abnormal changes) inherited from one’s mother or father. Mutations of the BRCA1and BRCA2 genes are the most common. On average, women with a BRCA1 mutation have a 55-65% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.

For women with a BRCA2 mutation, the risk is 45%. Breast cancer that is positive for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations tends to develop more often in younger women.”

Think about it…A pink flamingo. A pink curb. One pink palm. A pink neon sign or one pink ribbon–The Palm State Mortgage Company yearly pink blog. If any of these symbols  can motivate one woman to get her mammogram or her genetic testing  in time to avoid fighting this dreadful disease, our time will be well spent!