By unveiling the specially designed pink gloves on Oct. 13 in Mexico City, the health department of the capital government unleashed its determination and campaign to fight breast cancer, a devastating disease that has been claiming the lives of hundreds of Mexican women on annual basis.
(Soundbite) Armando Ahued, Secretary of Health of Mexico City
“Now, boxers and the World Boxing Council help us promote the campaign. We’re talking about breast cancer, a very serious and fatal disease that can lead to death. More than 550 women die (from breast cancer) every year in our city. Unfortunately, it is the leading cause of death by cancer.”
As part of their efforts, the present athletes promised to wear the pink gloves at their matches in October to spread the idea of fighting against breast cancer.
(Soundbite) Ana Maria Torres, Boxer
“We will try, and I will try to ask all boxers to help promote the campaign. We call for all women to realize and see that cancer is curable and, above all, we may have a solution to it.”
Health statistics have showed that cancer is curable if detected early. For breast cancer, more than 90 percent of patients can be saved, if they pay enough attention to clinical examination and receive therapy in time.