October is a special and important month. For 31 days, we are given the gift of opportunity, to spread the word for breast cancer awareness. The National Breast Cancer Foundation reports that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime with approximately 220,000 women diagnosed each year.
Women are not the only ones affected by this disease, NBCF also reports that although rare for men, over 2,150 males will be diagnosed this year with breast cancer. Making this opportunity to bring awareness just as important to women and men alike.
This month we encourage you to support your fellow Womanistas as they courageously fight their battle with breast cancer, work towards a cure and bring awareness to the cause.
Early Detection Plan
Hearing statistics surrounding cancer is never easy, especially when you have just been told that you are facing the disease. Being able to digest the diagnosis, next steps and survival rate is overwhelming, to say the least. What if we told you that there was a statistic that would actually bring you solace? When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 100%. A powerful percentage. Early detection is essential to becoming part of the 100% and NBCF has created a free app and website where you can create your personalized Early Detection Plan complete with reminders to do breast self-exams, schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history.
Host an Event
What better reason to come together than to support a great cause? You can make a difference by hosting an event of any scale to support women with breast cancer and prevention. NBCF utilizes over 80% of spending to their programs including: providing mammograms, breast health services, education, and support for those in need. Their event planning guides help you make the best event possible whether it's your October Book Club going pink or a 5k race.
Join an Event
There is strength in numbers with the incredible number of events held in October in support of breast cancer awareness. Go all in with a multi day walk or a cross-country bike ride. What you get out of these events will be just as valuable as the dollars you are raising; the stories if survivors, the strength and courage these women and men possess will inspire you for years to come.
If you cannot make it to one of the breast cancer supporting fitness events, you can create your own. Races of all kinds - even one that is you and your pup walking around the block - can instantly become a virtual fundraiser with VRace. Sync your preferred GPS app or fitness tracker with your VRace account and you have yourself a running, walking, biking fundraising tool all benefiting NBCF.
Shop For a Cause
Your closet never looked so fabulous with everything from dresses, statement necklaces and makeup benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. BCRF is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer by providing critical funding for cancer research tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship. Partnering with retailers year-long for special purchases benefiting the Foundation.
LOFT Sparkle Necklace
Dressbarn Breast Cancer Awareness Dress
GAP Hope Pink Bra
QVC FFANY Heels (available beginning October 19)
Tory Burch Lip Color
Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder
Amelia Rose Paris Drop Earrings
The Gift of Time
Odds are you are connected to someone who has or is currently battling breast cancer and most likely, they need you. You have the power to make them smile, be their cheerleader and an outlet to vent to. Bringing awareness to breast cancer also means bringing awareness to the people behind this disease and that is where you, Womanistas can make a difference. Those undergoing breast cancer treatment often don't know how they're going to feel and sometimes an open-ended invitation - for a meal delivery or a friendly drop-by - is the best kind of help. Your local American Cancer Association office, non-profits such as Susan G. Komen offer local opportunities to volunteer your time at their events and October is an especially needed time for your help.