“There can be life after breast cancer. The prerequisite is early detection.” –Ann Jillian
Aside from autumn colors and crisp mornings, October means the pink ribbons come out again for what’s known worldwide as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This international health campaign was founded in 1985 to promote awareness and prevention, and to raise money for research, treatments and hopefully someday a cure. During the past 30 years, a vast array of activities and events have sprouted up including walks, runs and some of the most recognizable buildings and monuments illuminated in pink lights for the month. There’s a lot going on this month in the fight for the cure, here’s what’s not to miss.
- A good starting point for information on breast cancer, what to do if you are diagnosed and how you can help, is the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s website. The site is very comprehensive and even offers a toolkit for those who have great fundraising ideas.
- Any woman (and yes, man, too) can develop breast cancer. But did you know that 90 percent of most breast cancers are associated with lifestyle causes and environmental exposures? That means you can actually play a part in preventing cancer and this article outlines how.
- For insider resources, but also to read heartfelt, inspiring and empowering words from women around the world currently dealing with breast cancer (and from those who survived it), check out 19 of the best breast cancer blogs.
- Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series is perhaps the most widely known and recognized of the events, with not only races in October but year round and all over the world. You can find any of the Komen races and events here. Another biggie is the Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer where you make the commitment to walk 39 miles and raise $1,800 to help make a difference.
- Check your local media outlets for smaller fundraisers and events near you. You’ll find “pink-tie” galas, fashion shows, wine dinners, triathlons, marathons and bike races, to name a few.