SALT LAKE CITY — If you happen to pass the Huntsman Cancer Institute you might notice a bright "Beacon of Hope." While it looks pretty lit up in white and teal, there is a purpose beyond aesthetics.
The institute at the University of Utah is using the Beacon of Hope to recognize National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. It will be white and teal until Sunday, according to the institute.
Cancer Health says nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year. Luckily, the disease is "virtually always preventable" with vaccinations and early screening.
January was first dedicated as National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in 2002 by Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Calif.
Jon M. Huntsman, Sr. first had the idea to add a light feature that would reflect the Huntsman Cancer Institute's "commitment to push forward cancer research and provide exceptional patient care" during the building's construction in 1999. The Beacon Of Hope was renovated in January of 2018 with 61 individual lighting panels that tower five stories high.