Kansas City turns pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

SHAWNEE, Kan. -- Kansas City is turning pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Many fountains, storefronts and hospitals will be lit pink throughout the month of October.

The hope is that the pink lights serve as a reminder of the importance of early detection.

Breast cancer impacts nearly 240,000 women and nearly 2,600 men every year. It is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women ages 15-54. Nearly 40,000 people die of breast cancer every year.

Shawnee Mission Medical Center partnered with shops in Prairie Village to light the town pink. Many stores decorated their buildings, shop windows and cubicles to show the importance of breast cancer awareness.

The lights will stay on throughout the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.