5 Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Push aside those classic autumn oranges and browns in your wardrobe, because October is turning pink! As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins, a number of charities are finding more ways to get people talking about breast cancer and raising money for research–and they do it in style. This year, there are more ways than ever to show your support. Whether it’s adding a pink ribbon to your outfit or registering for a road race, here are the best ways to get involved.

1. Wear Pink With Pride

The key to any girl’s heart is the perfect shade of pink. So step it up this month! Buying or wearing pink ribbon merchandise is a great way to start spreading the word about breast cancer awareness. Several charities sell merchandise for which the proceeds go to breast cancer research, so check them out!

The Susan G. Komen online shop is a great source for cute pink products. From workout tees and totes to luggage tags and iPhone cases, you can find all the merchandise you’d ever want.

You can find more pink gear here, here and here. Find your favorite shade and start spreading awareness about breast cancer and supporting survivors!

2. Cheer on Your Favorite NFL Team

For those collegiettes with a sporty side, the NFL offers an easy way to support National Breast Cancer Awareness month. The NFL’s campaign called “A Crucial Catch” is a partnership with the American Cancer Society that is focused on the importance of annual breast screenings.

For the next month, NFL games will feature players, coaches and referees wearing pink game apparel; on-field pink ribbon stencils; special game balls and pink coins - all to help raise awareness. Then, the apparel worn by players will be auctioned off to benefit the American Cancer Society.

You can also show your support buy getting some NFL Breast Cancer Awareness gear here—part of the proceeds will go towards breast cancer research. These pieces are perfect for a tailgate or a comfy afternoon in your dorm!

3. Get Active

Running or walking a 5K is a great way to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or you rarely leave the couch, having a good cause to motivate you during a run can be the inspiration you need to make it through a race. You can run your hardest or take it easy—it’s the thought that counts.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has locations all over the country during October. Just register for one near you early in the month, get others to sponsor your race, and complete the 3.1-mile course. Every participant receives a Race for the Cure T-shirt. Breast cancer survivors are celebrated during the race and every dollar raised is donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

4. Get Really Active

For the more adventurous go-getters, there are longer-distance events for you! The Susan G. Komen Marathon for the Cure offers runners the chance to join in the fight against breast cancer by running or walking a full or half marathon. There are also various two-day-long walks to raise money for breast cancer research institutes. Avon sponsors a 39-mile (60 km) walk, and a walk in Atlanta offers varying lengths of up to 30 miles.

5. Know the Basics so You Can Be Aware

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 230,000 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. The best way to support the cause is to take step towards better understanding the disease. Visit a website like the National Breast Cancer Foundation or Breastcancer.org, or stop by an information booth while at an event and learn the basic facts, warning signs and treatment.

You could also go to your campus health center and learn how to give yourself a breast self-exam. I AM THE CURE is a breast health program that motivates people to take action steps that may reduce their risk of breast cancer. They encourage everyone to make a “curemitment,” or a commitment, goal or promise to take steps to reduce your risk of breast cancer. Make your own curemitment!

While there are plenty of fall-themed activities out there, add a breast cancer awareness event to your to-do list this October. It’s the perfect time for all collegiettes to get involved. So load up on some adorable pink apparel, sign up for a race nearby and show your support for breast cancer awareness!