October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! At J&D Ultracare, we find this time of year extremely important because it gives us a chance to spread awareness to those that follow us. Breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women, effecting 245,000 women every single year in the US according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also found that 41,000 women die from breast cancer every single year in the US.
Not only does Breast Cancer Awareness Month help educate others, it also inspires a lot of people to take action and make a difference in the world. There is a great article on Healthline that explains what you can do to help called, “8 Actually Meaningful Things You Can Do for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”
We wanted to highlight three things you can do from the Healthline article, but if you want to see the full list, you can read the original post by clicking here. Here are three actionable things from Healthline that you can do during Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
- Donate to research initiatives: Research is a critical need. Globally, metastatic breast cancer receives much less funding than early-stage breast cancer, even though it is the only form of breast cancer that you can actually die of. Most of the charitable money goes to basic research that has little clinical application. So when you’re looking for charities to donate to, it’s important to find ones that are trying to get an actual a cure to patients and not just giving lip service to the idea of “awareness.” StandUp2Cancer and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation are two excellent charities that are doing just that.
- Help out someone you know who has cancer: “Let me know if I can do anything for you.” Most of us with cancer hear that phrase often … and then never see that person again. The longer we are on treatment, the more we need help. We need our dogs walked, we need our kids to be driven somewhere, we need our bathrooms cleaned. So if you know somebody who has cancer, don’t ask how you can help. Tell them how you plan to. Don’t put the burden of asking for help on the cancer patient.
- Donate clothes to a chemo center: Did you know you can make a difference in a cancer patient’s life without even ever speaking to them? In every town, there are community oncologists who will accept donations of blankets, hats, or scarves. Due to privacy issues, you may not be able to actually talk to them, but you can talk to the staff at the front desk and ask if they are willing to accept items.
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