October is right around the corner, and along with the changing seasons it brings the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer Awareness Month started in the US in 1985, but has since become an international effort. Fundraising efforts and awareness campaigns are kicked into high gear in the month of October with the goal of raising money for cause research, prevention methods, diagnosis, treatment, and hopefully a cure. It’s also a time for us to show our support for not only those affected with this horrible disease, but their families as well.
Here are some current statistics for the prevalence of Breast Cancer in the U.S.
- 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime
- For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer
- In 2011, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. (not including the 57,650 new cases of non-invasive)
How Can You Help?
You can donate year-round to The American Cancer Society or the Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundations (among others). These contributions contribute to many facets of the disease including research, education, screening, fundraising, and treatment. Money isn’t the only way you can help out. There are “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walks and fundraisers held across the country, all you need are your walking shoes to show support! You can even do it with a group of friends, family, or your pet. Why not show your support while at work by organizing a pink day with you and your co-workers all wearing Pink Ribbon Scrubs from Medical Scrubs Mall?