Join Us in Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month
This month marks the 26th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In 2009 alone, approximately 1.3 million women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Great strides have been made in the prevention, treatment and awareness of breast cancer, but there is still a long way to go. The month of October serves as an annual reminder to be aware of breast health and pays tribute to survivors and those who have lost their battle with this disease.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, founded in 1982, is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. The organization generates more than $300 million a year. This money goes toward groundbreaking research projects, life-saving community outreach projects and research grants. The organization also paid for nearly half a million breast screenings and provided 100,000 women with financial help for treatments in 2009 alone.
This month (and every month!), make a concerted effort to choose healthy lifestyle choices and incorporate exercise into your routine, which are important factors in minimizing risk. Here are the Breast Self-Awareness Guidelines from Susan G. Komen for the Cure:
1. Know your risk:
- Talk to your family about your family health history.
- Talk to your doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer.
2. Get screened:
- Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at higher risk.
- Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk.
- Have a clinical breast exam at least every three years starting at 20 and every year starting at 40.
3. Know what is normal for you:
- Know how your breasts look and feel and report changes to your health care provider right away.
4. Make healthy lifestyle choices that may reduce your risk of breast cancer:
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Add exercise into your routine.
- Limit alcohol intake.
Whether your company goes Passionately Pink for the Cure® or your family participates in your local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® or Spin® for the Cure event, there’s a lot you can do to help raise awareness during this important month. If a family member or friend has been recently diagnosed or is going through treatment, become a co-survivor: help out with meals, drive your loved one to and from appointments, or help with errands when you can. This support is essential to a survivor’s recovery and healing process.
Here are just a few simple ways YOU can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer!
Make a Donation. Every bit helps in the fight to cure breast cancer.
Participate in an Event
5th Annual Spin for the Cure – Cincinnati
Join Spinning® Master Instructors Josh Taylor, Angie Scott, Anthony Musemici and Jim Nugent on Oct. 9 for this 5-hour ride benefitting the local Susan G. Komen affiliate. Participants have the choice of registering as a single rider, or as a team of two to five people who will split the ride by sharing one bike. Learn more about the event or make a donation here.
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, “Making Strides”
These walks are non-competitive and three to five miles in length. Since 1993, nearly six million walkers have raised more than $400 million. In 2009 alone, nearly 700,000 walkers across the country collected $60 million to save lives from breast cancer. Click here to find a Making Strides event near you!
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®
With more than 100 Race for the Cure events to choose from, you can run or walk the 5K route that celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Click here to sign up.
Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure™
This 3-day event is a 60-mile walk for women and men who help raise millions of dollars for breast cancer research and patient support programs. For more information and to register, visit www.the3day.org or call 800-996-3DAY to walk the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in a city near you.
Marathon for the Cure®
Participate in a half or full marathon for the Cure, where Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the exclusive beneficiary. By joining the Marathon for the Cure Pledge Program, you are choosing to participate in a half or full marathon that is not one of our "official" charity marathon partners listed on marathonforthecure.org. Registration fees and fundraising minimums vary based on event.