A Wauconda police squad car was designed to bring awareness to breast cancer during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. | Provided Photo

The Wauconda Police Department is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness month with a specially designed squad car to help bring awareness to the issue.

The police department partnered with TG Signs and Graphics in Wauconda to design the pink and black squad car.

“Cancer touches the lives of almost everyone and can be devastating. We believe this is the perfect way to promote awareness for breast cancer during the month of October,” Wauconda Police Chief David Wermes said.

“Squad cars are highly visible and, with its pink design, this squad will be no exception,” Wermes said.

Officials said they hope the message within the design will remind the community to keep up with their routine healthcare visits and support the cause.

A Wauconda police squad car was designed to bring awareness to breast cancer during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. | Provided Photo

According to BreastCancer.org, about one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.

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In 2022, an estimated 287,850 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the United States, along with 51,400 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

About 2,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2022.

A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 833, according to the American Cancer Society.

Free breast and cervical cancer screenings are offered to eligible Lake County women through the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program located at the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center.