Think Pink: Show Your Support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Midterms may have many students experiencing mid-October blues, but there certainly is cause to celebrate the arrival of this month. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which presents a great opportunity to support the strong men and women who battle this disease daily. If we take advantage of this month to spread awareness, each of us can make strides to eliminate this disease.

The first step in showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is becoming educated on the facts. Approximately 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This statistic makes breast cancer one of the most common types diagnosed in women. Although breast cancer affects women more frequently, it does not discriminate based on gender. It is important to consider that 1 in 1,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Whether it is a personal diagnosis or that of a loved one, breast cancer impacts the lives of men and women alike.

Despite its prevalence and severity, breast cancer is not unconquerable. With modern medicine and advanced treatment options, many men and women can survive their diagnosis. It is essential to begin treatment as early possible and attack the cancer while it is weakest. Breast Cancer Awareness Month promotes scheduling a mammogram to promote screening to allow for early detection, especially for women over the age of forty. Become proactive in this initiative by encouraging the women in your life to take this step in healthy living.

Photo courtesy of Barbara Samuel / Flickr

Photo courtesy of Barbara Samuel / Flickr

These breast cancer screenings and treatments would not be available to patients without the extensive work done by researchers daily. Research centers depend on donations to adequately fund their groundbreaking work. Donations of any size can be made to organizations such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. You can also contribute by purchasing pink merchandise that is mass produced during the month of October. Before buying this pink paraphernalia, be sure to check what portion of the proceeds will in fact be donated to breast cancer research on websites such as Charity Watch.

Breast cancer awareness walks are another way to raise money and generate awareness for this important cause. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer holds three to five mile walks throughout New England during the month of October. If you cannot participate in one of these walks, you can register now for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. The Avon walk comes to Boston on May 16, 2015 and lasts two days over the course of 39 miles. This momentous occasion is a testament to fallen victims and current fighters of breast cancer. Getting involved with this powerful initiative generates awareness and can help save lives.

Whether you walk countless miles or can only donate a few dollars, each act of support counts in the fight against breast cancer. Think pink this October and honor breast cancer patients everywhere by participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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