October is known to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the past, I knew the basic knowledge about why this month was dedicated to people who are diagnosed with breast cancer and who have survived. However, in my past I never went to a breast cancer walkathon. That all changed when a close family member was diagnosed with the beginning stages of breast cancer. Luckily, her doctor found the cells before they started multiplying, and she got the care she needed. Now I contribute as much as I can in the month of October.
And You Should Too!
8. Do your research
- Talk to your doctor, your friends, and most importantly your family members. Breast cancer can be hereditary in certain families. Women should start going to clinical breast exams every 3 years by the age 20, and by the age 40 women should be going to breast exams every year.
- website: http://www.komennyc.org/site/PageServer?pagename=breasthealth_awareness
7. Maintain a health body
- cut down on alcohol drinking
- Limit the post-menopause therapy use: http://www.lulegacy.com/2013/10/03/study-limit-hormone-therapy-in-post-menopausal-women/
- For new moms: breast feed if able.
6. Spread the word
- The Power of 1:
- let people know one person can change the world/and probably change the statistics about breast cancer.
- 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in their life time. Organizations like Susan G. Komen are trying to change that percentage.
5. Become a volunteer
- The Susan G. Komen Race to the Cure in NYC the Komen’s events would not be so successful without hundreds of volunteers helping out.
- On http://www.komennyc.org site under get involved there are volunteer applications everyone and anyone can fill out.
4. Schedule an event
- There are so many events this month in NYC that contribute to the fight for a cure. Such as…
1. Painting Wall Street Pink:
2. Boxing for Boobs: https://www.facebook.com/events/598369526867957/
3. Zumba Fitness Part: http://www.komennyc.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=3301
3. Use social media to share awareness
- Tell your friends and family members about breast cancer events that are happening in your area.
- Share your survival story/or give advise to people who lost love ones to breast cancer.
2. Follow and Like
- Follow Susan G. Komen’s organization of twitter: https://twitter.com/SusanGKomen
- Like their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/komenswflOldpage?fref=ts
1. Whatever you do, don’t stop fighting
- Breast Cancer Month is during October. But that doesn’t mean people should stop fighting for a cure come November 1.
- Spread the word 365 days, no matter what.
To give a donation to the Susan G. Komen foundation, search for an event, or become a volunteer visit: http://www.komennyc.org