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Raising Breast Cancer Awareness

by Jessica B. October 23rd, 2013 | Health Observance, Women's Health
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pink heartsIt’s breast cancer awareness month and there are a lot of ways you can show your support for the fight against breast cancer. Here are a few tips to get yourself out there and actively raising awareness for breast cancer.

1) Pink, Pink, Pink – Pink is the color of breast awareness month and you should be wearing more of it. I am not a huge fan of the color pink during other months, but during breast cancer awareness month I make sure to include a little bit of pink most days. It can be the traditional pink ribbon, pink shoelaces in my shoes, or pink earrings. Just a little touch to remind people. Breast awareness bracelets are also a great reminder!

2) Walk for the cure – Sign up to participate in a charity fundraiser to help raise money and awareness. Get your friends to work together to compete towards a fundraising goal. While the largest breast cancer charity has been heavily criticized as of late, but it is not the only charity out there. Read up and find a charity that you can get behind, the cause still needs more funding!

3) Encourage self exams – In my last post I wrote about the importance of monthly breast exams, so use this month to raise awareness of the importance of self exams. There are self-exam directions you can print out on the Internet and hand out to your friends. It may sound a little distasteful, but if you imagine it could save your life, you might be able to overlook that discomfort and imagine you are doing them a favor.

4) Donate money to provide mammograms to the poor – Mammograms have been shown to be an effective tool in discovering breast cancer early. Many poorer Americans do not have access to regular mammograms. Work with community outreach programs, through Planned Parenthood or other women’s health groups, to help provide mammograms to the poor. You can make a donation to pay for the exams, or work in community outreach helping women get to the clinic to have their exams and understand their importance.

5) Talk to your local hospital – Get out there and talk to your local hospital about what they need to help fight breast cancer in your area. Needs vary – do they have equipment, do they need funding? A kick-starter fundraiser? Money for research? What better way to make a change then to talk to your local hospital. Do they have support groups that need funds for refreshments? Get creative!

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