WATSONVILLE — It is estimated that one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer. By the end of the year, 40,000 women would have died due to breast cancer.

It’s not just women, either. Thousands of men are also afflicted by the disease every year.

Watsonville Police Chief David Honda presented those statistics and others to the City Council Tuesday in commemoration of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Throughout the month of October, Watsonville Police officers will sport pink badges to raise awareness of the deadly disease.

“It is important to raise awareness of breast cancer and fight this evil disease,” Honda said. “We are in a unique position to make a tremendous impact in this cause.”

Watsonville Police has joined numerous other agencies in the Pink Badge Project, an effort started a number of years ago between the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association and several public safety agencies in Los Angeles County to support cancer research.

Pink patches will be sold at the Watsonville Police Department, 215 Union St., for $10. All proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research, Honda said.

For information about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org.

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