Pink White House photo by the Associated Press
In what has become an annual event, the White House will be lit in pink Thursday night to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
So will Vice President Biden's residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.
"Breast cancer touches every corner of the United States," said White House spokesman Jay Carney. "In 2013 alone, more than 230,000 women and over 2,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and tens of thousands will die from this horrible disease."
He added that "early detection can decrease the risk of death from breast cancer, and the president believes that everyone should have access to preventive services."
Carney also took the opportunity to hail the new health care law: "Under the Affordable Care Act, most health insurance plans fully cover recommended screenings, and insurers are prohibited from setting lifetime dollar limits. And next year, insurance companies will no longer be able to put dollar limits on annual benefits or deny insurance because of pre-existing conditions, such as breast cancer.