October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wearing pink ribbons has become a tradition to express one’s solidarity to fight for a cure and to support others suffering from the disease. But here are some additional ways to promote breast cancer awareness and provide education and support.
Mammograms Save Lives
Remind your loved ones to get regular mammograms. Breast screenings can recognize issues early, making them easier to treat.
According to the American Cancer Society, women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year. Those 55 and older can switch to every 2 years or continue yearly screenings. Those with a higher risk should start getting mammograms before age 45.
Help Educate Others About Risk Factors
By raising awareness about risk factors, you can help lower the risk for others. Obesity, lack of physical activity, drinking alcohol, family history of breast cancer, hormone therapy after menopause and the presence of other breast conditions all can increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
Share Your Stories
Have you or a family member had breast cancer? Inspire others and tell the stories of women who have fought and survived this disease. You can do this by sharing inspiring stories on Facebook, posting photos of your Hope Journey on Instagram, or writing a column in your local newspaper.
Create a Fundraiser
No matter how you raise funds or how much, every little bit helps. Events like charity runs and walks, bake sales, community barbecues and more are great ways to elevate awareness and to have fun!
Along with exercise and healthy lifestyle choices, taking precautions to avoid or be prepared for a diagnosis is vital. A Cancer Policy from ASBA can help cover the cost of treatments and related expenses like travel and other out-of-pocket costs.