5 Ways You Can Be a Difference Maker During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Have you been noticing a lot of pink lately? It’s because pink is the internationally recognized symbol of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which happens every October. During this month fundraisers and awareness campaigns are scheduled in many cities across the country with the intention of raising awareness about breast cancer detection and prevention.
1 in every 8 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime, making this a deeply personal issue for many people. How can you get involved and do your part to help create awareness about this important topic? Keep reading to see our five favorite ways:
1. Wear a Little Pink
Pink ribbons have been the international symbol of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month since 1991 when the Susan G. Komen Foundation began giving them out at the end of a marathon for cancer survivors in New York.
Since then the pink ribbon has exploded in popularity and has become an easy way to show your support for women battling breast cancer. If wearing a pink ribbon isn’t really your style, then pick up a pink coffee mug, scarf, pen, or any of the wide variety of pink products which are sold to help raise donations for breast cancer awareness.
2. Cheer on Your Favorite NFL Team
During the month of October the NFL partners with the American Cancer Society for “A Crucial Catch,” a promotion geared towards raising awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.
Players, referees, and coaches will all take turns wearing pink uniforms, and everything from their shoelaces, to helmets, to the playing fields and the footballs are adorned with the pink ribbon symbol. At the end of the month, many of these products are auctioned off, with the proceeds going to charity.
3. Organize a Fundraising Event
Whether you have a “Dress Up” or “Dress Down” day at your office, host a bake sale at your local community center, or get involved with organizing a 3 or 5K walk or run, putting the time into helping facilitate an event which will help raise awareness in your community is a great way to get involved and show your support.
4. Get Informed and Lead By Example
Learn as much as you can about what it takes to catch breast cancer in its early stages, and learn to perform self-breast checks (both men and women should perform them regularly as they age) and schedule your annual breast cancer screening. Then, make sure to talk to your loved ones about doing the same.
5. Donate Your Hair
Find out about local “hair drives” in your area, where people can sign up to donate their long hair to be made into wigs for cancer patients.
A few inches of hair may not seem like a big deal to you, but to a breast cancer patient who has lost her hair, a quality wig can give her the confidence to go out in the world, and can help restore her self-esteem.
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