Simple Ways to Activate Breast Cancer Awareness

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So how can you be more aware? I mean, you probably already know that breast cancer affects thousands of women every year. But did you know that “about 1 in 8 U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.?” According to Breastcancer.org about 2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2013. Yep, men can get breast cancer, too.

Let’s help each other out, be more aware. Sure, you can wear pink and post a color to your Facebook wall to “raise awareness,” but we can do more. How many people in your community are currently in treatment for breast cancer? Do you know of anyone specifically? Now that we are aware what can we do? How can we activate our awareness?

  • When you see pink: remind yourself to do a self-breast exam. Or remind your best friend/mother/sister/spouse or anyone you care about.
  • Share with your peeps this great chart explaining the best way to do a self-exam. Thank you, nationalbreastcancer.org!
  • Offer to drive someone to a treatment. This often takes several hours. You could provide good company or silent support.
  • Can’t take off work to drive someone? Send gas or lunch money. If you think it might be awkward to hand someone money simply put it in a nice card and mail it. Not much is better than surprise snail mail 🙂
  • Drive a loved one to their mammogram appointment. Those can be scary and uncomfortable. Make a day of it! Go to lunch, go shopping and make it a “me” day.
  • Make a meal or send a gift certificate to someone in treatment. Even if they are responding well to treatment fatigue is often unavoidable. And people need to eat.
  • Offer to mow the lawn, rake the leaves, clean the tubs, or mop the floors. Again, fatigue is real. This may take some asking, be gentle and loving. If they refuse that’s fine because the simple fact that you asked will show them you care.
  • Donate money to the research/fundraiser of your choice.

What would you add to this list? How can we be more aware of those in our own community?