About 12% of women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her life; that is one out of every eight women! Approximately 85% of these cases occurs in women who have no known family history.So many women are being affected by this disease, so a great deal of research is being done to discover an effective treatment and someday, a cure. There is still so much work to be done; that is why the month of October is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness each year!
October often includes many different kinds of events such as marathons, sporting events, fundraisers and more. With communities of supporters, survivors and participants honoring those that have been lost, these events are growing in size. Each event aids in prevention awareness and research funding.
Along with regular exams, there are a few ways to help prevent the development of breast cancer, which are suggested by the Mayo Clinic:
How to reduce your risk of breast cancer:
- Limit alcohol
- Don’t smoke
- Control your weight
- Be physically active
- Limit dose and duration of hormone therapy
- Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution
While these lifestyle changes may help lower your risk, there are some risk factors that cannot be altered, such as family history.
The Breast Cancer Awareness movement has grown and expanded so much over the years. There are many ways to do your part in spreading awareness that are fun, too! Here are a few of our favorites:
Share it by wearing it!
Breast cancer awareness is represented by pink. So get decked out in your favorite rosy shade and support the cause! TemporaryTattoos.com has an entire page of tattoos dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness!
Use social media to spread the word!
Share articles, photos, quotes and statistics to help others learn about breast cancer. Sharing a post with information about breast cancer awareness, such as this one, with your friends and family could help raise the funds and knowledge to save lives!
Walk for a cause!
Relay for Life is an organization that collaborates with communities and it’s teams to hold overnight relays. Teams organize booths with games and activities to raise money, as well as offer entertainment and fun for participants. Each relay has its own unique attractions, but there are a few core experiences to expect at every relay! The survivors lap, candle lighting ceremony, powerful speeches, and the history of Relay for Life are the most emotionally charged parts of the ceremony. Together, these events commemorate those who have lost their battle to cancer, empower those that have survived, and inspire supporters to keep fighting the good fight!
A simple and effective way to contribute to the breast cancer awareness movement, is to make a donation to a research foundation. As long as the foundation is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit, your donation will be tax deductible.