This month you’ll be seeing pink pretty much everywhere you turn! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (as if you didn’t know!) and along with sporting the signature color “pink”… people are also working to raise awareness of this disease in many creative and, sometimes even elaborate, ways. But if you’d like to participate and are short on time or your creative juices are running low… here are ten simple ways you can get involved.
One out of eight women in the United States will have invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. And each year, about 40,000 women die from it.
Learn about your personal risk. The National Cancer Institute offers this Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool. Talk with your doctor, too. Learn about participating in clinical trials, and sign up for alerts from organizations such as BreastCancerTrials.org or Army of Women, which focuses on preventing breast cancer.
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Lead by example.
Early detection is key to becoming a breast cancer survivor. There are many clinics offering free mammograms this month if you cannot afford one. This month, schedule your mammogram!
Encourage your friends and family.
Encourage friends and family members to also get screened! By asking them to do this they will know you care about their health and you are a true and proud supporter of helping find a cure for breast cancer.
Increase awareness in your community.
Wear the symbolic looped pink ribbon, and then share information or literature if people ask about it. You can make your own pink ribbon by following the simple instructions here on the American Cancer Society’s website. To get literature to hand out, check with your favorite breast cancer organization, or print copies of this PDF from the CDC: Breast Cancer – What You Need to Know .
Eat and Drink Pink
One simple and enjoyable way to contribute to the cause is scouting your area to find all the delicious ‘eat and drink pink’ dishes around town. There are a lot of local businesses who participate. Patrons have the option to add a donation to their bill, and many of the restaurants offer specials dishes, desserts or drinks that a portion of the proceeds go towards the foundation.
Share information on social media.
The Department of Health and Human Services has some Tweet suggestions here. Send your female friends and family who are ages 40 and over an e-card such as these from the Department of Health and Human Services to remind them to ask their doctor about mammograms.
Participate in a fundraising walk or run.
One of the leaders when it comes to raising awareness and funds is Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization. The organization runs 3-Day for the Cure walks and the Race for the Cure, a series of 5K runs and fitness walks around the country. Net proceeds from both fund global breast cancer research and local community programs.
Create your OWN fundraiser.
Having a bake sale, lemonade stand, or even a yard sale with proceeds going to a breast cancer charity are great ways to be proactive about raising awareness!
Here are a few easy and creative ideas I ran across:
Have a “Pay to Dress Down Day” at your office.
Everyone likes to wear jeans and t-shirts! Tell employees that they can wear casual clothing for an entire day as long as they make a minimum donation.
Save a “Pear”
Get a grocery store to donate some pears and set up a table outside with a sign that says “Save a ‘pear’ ” — make a donation to the breast cancer charity of your choice.
Personal vending machine at work.
Purchase some of the office favorites in bulk (or better yet have them donated!) mark them up, and sell them from your desk for $1 or $2.
“Girls Night In” get-together.
Skip girls night out, and instead have a girls night in! Donate the money that would have likely been spent on a night on the town and make a collective donation to a local charity. Check out Pinterest for lots of great Think Pink party ideas!
Volunteer your time.
Money is essential to funding research for finding a cure for breast cancer, but you can also make a big difference by giving of your time. There are many charities out there seeking a little extra help in making a difference in the lives of those dealing with breast cancer. Start with the American Cancer Society, which has several programs that put volunteers to work. Contact your local chapter to see what services might need your help.
And perhaps the easiest way of all to help raise breast cancer awareness………..
As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, JCPenney Cares is focused on supporting organizations that are doing great work to bring attention and awareness to an issue that affects thousands of women, men and their families every year. Through their partners, they hope to advance breast cancer research, increase early detection and prevention, drive public awareness, and provide services such as mammograms and emotional support to those fighting the disease.
All October, you can help support breast cancer awareness by rounding up your JCPenney purchases to the nearest dollar. Contributions will be donated to JCPenney Cares to directly fund programs supporting breast cancer awareness, including The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® and The National Breast Cancer Foundation®.
Whatever you choose to do this October concerning breast cancer, your efforts can make a difference. Many people have been touched by breast cancer, either personally or by watching loved ones confront the disease. By increasing awareness about issues such as prevention, early detection, research and support, you’ll be helping to brighten the future of many families throughout the world.
How are you helping increase breast cancer awareness?
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