October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, meaning all month long there are various events across the country that are designed to bring awareness to this disease and raise money for those who are currently fighting. According to BreastCancer.org, about 12% of American women develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime, which means that you probably know one or more women who have fought this disease.
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How to Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month
When Breast Cancer Awareness Month was first created in 1985, its primary objective was to encourage women to schedule mammogram screenings, which is the first line of defense against breast cancer. The pink ribbon associated with breast cancer awareness was introduced in 1992 and is now one of the most well-known symbols of this generation.
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, breast cancer-related organizations, non-profits, and the media work hard to promote education, awareness, and research regarding breast cancer. Many organizations will also hold fundraisers where the proceeds go towards research or helping local patients pay for their care. This entire month is all about giving back to those who have fought and are currently fighting against breast cancer, and if you are interested in doing your part, then there are a number of different ways you can help.
Schedule an Appointment for a Mammogram
A mammogram is a medical procedure where a doctor examines your breasts for cancer cells using an x-ray machine. If you have an average risk of developing breast cancer, then you won’t likely need a mammogram until you are 40. However, if you have a family history of breast cancer, then you may be at a higher risk, at which point your doctor may recommend mammogram screenings before the age of 40. If you are worried about your risk, talk to your doctor and see what they recommend to help prevent the development of breast cancer, and if you’re 40 or older and haven’t scheduled a mammogram, make it a priority during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Support Local Events
One of the easiest ways to show your support and celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to see what local organizations are holding fundraisers. At the very least, hospitals and cancer treatment centers may hold educational seminars that help to spread awareness in the community. However, you may be able to find local businesses that dedicate a day where all of their sales go to support local breast cancer patients and survivors. Do some research online to find events in your area, and consider attending a fundraiser or an educational seminar. If you don’t have time to attend an event, then consider donating to help fund research or support the care of a patient in your area.
Share Your Story
The main goal of Breast Cancer Awareness month is to spread awareness and raise money. However, another part of the goal is to share stories of women through every part of their breast cancer journey. Some stories are meant to spread hope to other warriors who are battling breast cancer, while other stories may be used as a lesson to maintain breast health.
If you or someone you love has a breast cancer story, now is the time to share it. Share how you’ve survived the many chemotherapy treatments or how your mother or sister or aunt made the bold choice to sacrifice her breasts for her health. There are so many stories to be told, and you never know how your story could affect someone else.