October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, it’s estimated that 234,190 new cases of breast cancer, including both males and females, will occur in the US in 2015. Breast cancer ranks second as a leading cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer).
While these facts may sound scary, rest assured that deaths due to breast cancer have steadily decreased since 1989 due to improvements in both early detection and treatment.
Want to help that number continuously go down? Below are some unique ways to give back and raise awareness this October.
1. Put on a bright face.
Clinique, like other skin care lines, promotes a donation with purchase of specific products. Buy their Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (includes a $10 donation and key charm) or Cheek Pop blush in Berry Pop with a special pink cosmetic pouch (includes a $4 donation). Both help your skin look its best, and help raise awareness towards Breast Cancer.
Eos also has an affordable but helpful limited edition lip balm and hand lotion pack. A portion of the proceeds will benefit breast cancer research.
2. Go to lunch.
Many places will have promotions by donating a portion of proceeds to raise awareness and end breast cancer. Chomp Eatery & Juice Station located in Santa Monica will donate a portion of proceeds with purchase of any pink lid coffee cup or mason jar smoothie to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Stella &Dot has several jewelry pieces that if purchased donate to Women’s Cancer Research, including a survivor charm that can be custom engraved with a name or date on the back.
You don’t need to make a purchase to help the fight to end Breast Cancer. Join Susan G. Komen, or any other organization, in volunteering at races, fundraisers, or other local events, or even help raise awareness by sharing your story. To find out which opportunity would be the best fit for you, visit the Susan G. Komen Volunteer site.
It may sound silly, but simply sharing articles or pictures, or hashtagging #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth on social media accounts will help alert those around you to more information on prevention and facts surrounding breast cancer. Every little act helps!
6. Wear pink.
Wear it Pink is an organization based in the UK that promotes wearing pink on October 23rd amongst other things to help raise awareness. Whether you wear pink on the 23rd or not, it may be a great idea to designate a specific day to wear pink at work or school, or throw a fun pink-themed get-together to help support the cause (#wearitpink).
Have another idea to add to this list? Let us know in the comments!
Watercolor via Chloe White