October is known as the month of change; the season changes, the time changes, and the weather changes. Besides these, October is also called the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a time to celebrate survivors, honor those who have died from this disease and remember the continued need for research into its prevention and treatment. Since all of us are not oncologists, policy makers or researchers — so what can we do to help? Check out these simple ideas to see how you can make a small difference in fighting breast cancer, which is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States.
1. Wear Pink
Best way to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness is by shopping Pink Ribbon products that benefit breast cancer charities. Many leading brands launch their Pink Ribbon Collections of which a part or 100% of net proceeds are given to Breast Cancer Foundations for educational and support resources, diagnosis, screening programs, intervention, treatment and management of different diseases of the breast. People all around the world are showing their support in fighting against breast cancer with pink products. So, unleash the power of PINK by buying these Pink Ribbon Specials via online coupons.
2. Donate Directly
You can also show your support for this noble cause by donating directly to the Breast Cancer Foundations. Giving charity to any recognized organization with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status will benefit you in tax redemptions as well. So, in this way you will not only supporting Breast Cancer Awareness but will also be saving some tax – a thing that every person looks forward too. Any organization which meets Better Business Bureau Charity Standards, has received an “A” rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy and holds a 4 or 5-star rating by Charity Navigator is the one you can rely on.
3. Go for a Run
During October, many foundations organize Walks for Breast Cancer Awareness. Anyone can participate in this activity. Popularly known as Pink Ribbon Walks, these are fund-raising events sponsored by partners of well-known charities in order to support for this noble cause. Starting from 1K Run/Walk to 5K Run/Walk and even more, distance varies from event to event. You should go for the one that best suits you and your health. The more the people, the more funds will be raised. So, go for a run and serve to this purpose. Famous breast cancer awareness walks include Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Walk, HOT Pink 5K Walk, and many more.
4. Gift Pink
One more way through which you can spread awareness about breast cancer is giving Pink Ribbon products as a gift to your loved ones. Gifting Pink Ribbon product is a nice gesture to support breast cancer awareness as well as showing your caring consent for your loved ones. You can go for a pink dress, pink ribbon jewelry, pink flower bouquets, gift baskets and there are many other ideas to look upon. You’ll find them all at our Blog’s Pink Ribbon section.
5. Get a Mammogram
Another way to show your support for breast cancer awareness is related to self judgments. A baseline mammogram at the age of 35 and then a mammogram annually every year after age 40, is recommended to all women by oncologists. Self-exams should be started when a woman’s menstrual cycle begins and should be done every month a few days after her period. Clinical breast exams should be done annually or sooner if any breast problems or changes occur. You can reduce the risk for cancer with intake of a healthy diet having lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and limiting alcohol intake. And, in case you have a strong family history of breast cancer, it is advised to consult a doctor for genetic testing. A blood test can check for changes in the BRCA genes that may increase your chance of getting breast and ovarian cancer. Show you care, but start it with self. BE AWARE!
Remember, like every drop of water counts, the same way every single effort towards Breast Cancer Awareness values. Show your support and FEEL GOOD!