Join Me in Raising Awareness for Breast Cancer

It’s October, which means it’s time to remind everyone to talk about breast cancer. At times this can be an emotional topic, but the conversations are worthwhile. Breast cancer awareness month is very important to me — and it should be for you too!

Get Involved

One of the simplest ways to help is to donate. Any amount, whether big or small, is helpful. There are numerous fundraisers and walks that happen to raise awareness. I recently participated in a 5k at the start of the month and I loved every second of it. Everyone was so eager to participate and the event was wonderful. It was for a great cause, and everyone left feeling glad knowing they made a difference. 

Learn More

Another option is to educate yourself. Read about breast cancer. I can guarantee most of you reading this article know the basics about breast cancer but learn about ways to be proactive or the warning signs. Understand how to be a support for someone who is suffering and may need a shoulder to lean on. Find something new that maybe you did not know. For me, I recently learned that men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer. The chances of developing it are lower, but the impact is equally as important. A little research can go a long way. 

How to Spread Awareness

Remember to schedule a breast exam (including a mammogram) and/or complete a self-exam regularly. Early detection is key when it comes to any type of cancer. If someone in your family has breast cancer be sure to look into completing genetic testing. Although your family history is something that cannot be changed, you can be proactive. If it runs in the family, be prepared for a potential diagnosis in the future. We cannot always control what is happening but how we react is what matters. Do everything you can to take care of your body. 

Another way to spread awareness would be to post on social media accounts during the month. A simple post can serve as a reminder for someone and potentially save their life. Perhaps start a fundraiser with a school club you are involved with. Inform your family about the impacts at a holiday celebration. Talk to your friends about it next time you are out for dinner. A conversation about breast cancer is a simple but effective way to raise awareness. 

Be sure to do your own research to further educate yourself and find ways to help make a difference. If you or someone you know is suffering from breast cancer remember that it is a disease, but it does not define you. You are much more than that.