Friday, Meridian kicked off the observance with a proclamation read by Mayor Cheri Barry at Dumont Plaza.
She was joined by cancer survivors, doctors and nurses, like Linda Farmer.
"We want women to know and recognize they have control for their health, not to find their own cancer, but to be able to assume responsibility for knowing and being aware of what's going on," said Farmer, of the Careousel Breast Cancer Support Group. "And being aware that breast cancer is not the disease that it was."
Health care advocates say this month is vitally important in letting people understand how to fight breast cancer.
There will be numerous activities in Meridian in support of breast cancer awareness. They begin Saturday downtown with the Queen City Race for Life and Street Strut.