Commissioners Turn ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ Sign Lights Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Clark County commissioners turned the lights on the world-famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign pink today in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“By turning the lights pink we hope to bring some attention and awareness to those fighting this disease, those who have lost their fight against breast cancer, and the importance of regular examinations,” Commission Chair Steve Sisolak said.
“Getting regular screenings is the key to finding breast cancer early when the chances of survival are highest,” Commissioner Mary Beth Scow said.
“It is important to bring attention to such a serious issue and encourage people to become more educated about breast cancer,” Commissioner Susan Brager said.
“Too many women will suffer from this disease but thanks to early detection most will beat it,” Commissioner Lawrence Weekly said.
“My husband is a breast cancer survivor so I know all too well the impact this disease can have,” Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani said. “It is only fitting that we use our iconic sign to show our support for all the survivors and those who are fighting cancer now.”
This year, an estimated 295,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and almost 40,000 will die from the disease. And according to federal data, every year about 112 out of every 100,000 women in Nevada are diagnosed with breast cancer, and 24 out of every 100,000 women in Nevada die from the disease.
University Medical Center will offer free clinical breast exams on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 24 at the UMC Cast Clinic at 1000 Shadow Lane, which is near the corner of Shadow Lane and West Charleston Boulevard. The clinical exam does not include a mammogram. For more information call the hospital’s recorded message line at (702) 207-8265. Like the famed Las Vegas Strip, the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is in unincorporated Clark County. The newly pink light bulbs, which are usually yellow, surround the border of the sign.
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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 12th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.