The month of October is known for many things – chilly weather, fall foliage Halloween, etc. However, it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s not uncommon to know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. Whether it’s a loved one or a close friend, it’s important to spend the month raising awareness and honoring all fighters.
Fortunately, raising awareness can be both easy and enjoyable. Below are a few examples to utilize throughout the month of October.
- Incorporate pink into your wardrobe– Start with something simple like wearing a pink ribbon and/or the color pink during the whole month. Initiating and engaging in conversation about why the sudden wardrobe change will bring awareness to the disease.
- Share it in the workplace – The American Institute for Cancer Research (AIR) is sponsoring the movement, “Pink on Purpose” for the workplace. A business can pick one day to encourage all employees to wear pink and make a small donation to AIR.
- Learn about the disease – Education is key. Being educated about a topic makes it easier to explain to somebody else. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers great online resources that include fast facts and symptoms about breast cancer.
- Share information on social media – Social media provides the perfect platform to voice your opinions and share valuable information and resources. Simply sharing a statistic or infographic on Facebook or Twitter can catch one of your followers attention.
- Donate, donate, donate – Donations helps fund research to find a cure. It may not be as fun as the previous examples, but it sure is an important one. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Susan G. Komen graciously accept donations year round to put towards continuous research.
Increasing awareness about issues such as early detection, prevention and research will help lessen the burden brought on by breast cancer. Whatever you choose to do this October to raise awareness for breast cancer will certainly make a difference.