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Meaningful Ways to Show Support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

During the month of October, do not be surprised if you see pink ribbons, and the color pink in general, everywhere you look. Since 1985, October has been nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and pink is the color identified for those you love and care about with breast cancer. People across the country participate in a variety of ways to raise awareness of the illness and funds to support efforts to find a cure. In addition to wearing pink, here are six ways you can get involved and support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Encourage Family and Friends to Get Screened

Chances are, you or people you know have been affected by breast cancer. According to BreastCancer.org, one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive  breast cancer at some point in their life. In 2019, more than 330,000 new cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. Self-exams and mammograms are the most effective tools for early detection. Show your friends and family that you care about their health by encouraging them to do monthly self-exams and get annual mammograms. Set an example by doing the same. In fact, the third Friday in October is designated as National Mammography Day. If expense is an issue, there are many clinics that offer free mammograms during October. These simple efforts could help save the life of someone you love, or even your own.

Eat, Drink and Shop to Support the Cause

To raise money during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many local restaurants donate a percentage of sales from the purchase of special drinks, entrees or desserts. Other retailers often donate a percentage of sales from the purchase of certain items or during a specific period of time. Other establishments may give the option to add a donation amount at checkout or to roundup your total.

Participate in Events for the Cure

Throughout October, athletic events to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month are held all over the country. There are many walk/run events for people of all fitness levels, including the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure events. To find an event, visit ww5.komen.org. Golf for the Cure tournaments, tennis tournaments and basketball games are also popular events that bring supporters together and help raise money to find a cure for breast cancer. Play for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate diagnosis, New technology, Knowledge) is a national organization that helps volunteers organize sporting and lifestyle events to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. To find an event or inquire about organizing one, visit playforpink.org.

“Pink Out” Your Social Media

Social media platforms can be a powerful place to let your friends and connections know you support efforts to fight breast cancer. Change your background to pink, share facts about breast cancer or post supportive comments directed towards those who are battling the disease. Add hashtags like #thinkpink, #pinktober and #breastcancerawareness to your posts so your message will reach a broader audience.

Host a “Girls’ Night In”

Instead of going out on the town with your girlfriends, host a “girls’ night in.” Plan a fun evening at home with a “Think Pink” theme and donate the money you would have spent while going out to a charity like the Breast Cancer Research Foundation or the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund. Look for “Think Pink” party ideas on Pinterest and ask each person to bring something to contribute.

Make a Contribution

Another way to show your support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to make a monetary donation. Some prominent organizations you can look at are the American Cancer Society or the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Both organizations offer education, services, support and research to find a cure.

There are many ways to show support for people who have been touched by breast cancer. Whether you simply wear a pink ribbon or organize a major fundraising event, know that your efforts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month make a difference.