Breast cancer is the most common cancer found in American women—except for skin cancers—with a new woman diagnosed every 2 minutes on average. In fact, 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
Today, there are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. alone and the community among them is growing in strength and numbers. Survivors, their loved ones, and others join together each October for an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.
Now is the perfect time for you to join the movement. If you’re wondering where to start, we’ve included nine simple, but impactful, ways you can make a difference during this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
1 – Learn and Share How to Check For Signs and Symptoms
When it comes to fighting breast cancer, awareness and prevention are key. Become familiar with the early warning signs of breast cancer and how to conduct a breast self-exam. Then be sure to share your knowledge with others!
The National Breast Cancer Foundation also offers a free guide about dense breasts and what it means if this shows up on your routine mammogram.
2 – Share Your Breast Cancer Story.
Honor those impacted by breast cancer or share your own survival story with The National Breast Cancer Foundation. They share stories of hope throughout the month and yours could help encourage others who may be struggling.
3 – Make a Donation.
There are several organizations you could consider donating to this month. The National Breast Cancer Foundation provides mammograms for women in need or the Susan G. Komen organization focuses on finding a cure for breast cancer through research.
4 – Host a Fundraiser.
This could greatly benefit an organization of your choice. As mentioned above, your fundraiser could aid the National Breast Cancer Foundation which provides education, resources, screenings, and support for women.
Or help the Susan G. Komen organization that focuses on research, community work, and advocacy. These organizations also often provide additional opportunities to get involved through public events, corporate partnerships, and more.
5 – Volunteer For an Organization You Support.
A lot of the awareness efforts and events this month wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of volunteers willing to donate their time. Find an organization you believe in and give some time to volunteer and help carry their cause forward.
Every little bit counts! You can take heart knowing that you make an impact no matter how much or how little time you give.
6 – Wear a Pink Ribbon.
The pink ribbon is a global symbol of community and support for those facing breast cancer. Sport your pink ribbon this month and use it as a conversation starter with those in your community about this important topic.
7 – Share and Speak Out About Breast Cancer on Social Media.
Bridge the gap and connect with those around the world who are impacted by breast cancer. Share resources and personal experiences on social media. You can also use #breastcancer in your posts and look up other posts with the hashtag to connect with others this month.
8 – Get Involved With Breast Cancer Research.
The Susan G. Komen organization is always looking for survivors to enroll or advise in research studies and clinical trials. Sharing your experience could drastically help and make a difference in finding a cure.
9 – Advocate For the Cause.
There are several opportunities for you to use your experience as a survivor in efforts related to public policy. Your talents can be used to mobilize the cause and push research efforts forward.
Your Efforts Make A Difference
No matter how you choose to get involved this month, your efforts are rewarding and can make a significant difference—both in your own life and for others affected by breast cancer.
The lives of survivors, families, and those not yet diagnosed can be changed for the better as we join together this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.