National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is extremely common in this day and age. Odds are, you have a friend or family member that has been affected by this disease. However, despite its popularity, there remains a lack of knowledge and preventative testing on the subject. This is why National Breast Cancer Awareness Month exists. It seeks to save lives and struggle by educating the public on the disease in general and the best steps to preventing it.
How Can I Get Involved?
As always, the first step to getting involved is education. No, you don’t have to go to college or take any classes. Just simply do some research on the subject. Learn some statistics, learn about breast cancer in general, how it affects those who are diagnosed, how it affects their families, treatments, etc. Learn as much as you possibly can because knowledge is awareness that can be passed on. How can you raise awareness about something you know little about? You can’t, and that’s the entire point.
Secondly, if you’re a woman of childbearing age, it’s important you get regular testing to ensure you’re clear of the disease or any signs of it. Encourage the women around you to do the same. If need be, go with your friends at the same time to get the testing as a show of support. Catching the disease early on is the biggest way to fight it and win. Preventative testing as well as at-home wellness checks are the best way to ensure an early diagnosis.
Tools and Resources
The National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. provides the public with a plethora of tools and resources. Whether it’s a guide for women to check their own breasts at home or information for ways you can volunteer, they have it available. Here are a few we found important.
Dense Breast Guide – This guide will help women understand their breast and how to navigate it in order to do a wellness check. Around 50% of women over 40 have dense breasts which makes them a lot more susceptible to breast cancer. This guide will answer all their questions and then some.
Share Your Story – Sometimes, what helps people suffering with breast cancer the most is hope. At this link, the NBCF asks you to share your personal story or the story of a loved one who suffered with breast cancer. Providing details, including the emotional roller coaster and ups and downs may be exactly what someone was needing to hear in order to not give up.
Volunteer – More hands are always needed at events, fundraisers, rallies, and more. If you don’t have money to give and can’t host your own event, help by offering your physical support. Follow this link to see the opportunities where you can volunteer with NBCF.
In general, be a voice and a helping hand to those suffering with this terrible disease. Wearing a pink ribbon is a great conversation starter as well as sharing on social media platforms.