October 19, 2017 12:00 AM | by Zeina Tawfik
Nine Things You Can Do During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is widely known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's the time to go pink and make a difference. That's why I'll share with you nine things you can do during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. From planning a fundraising event to donating your hair, there's so much you can do to help educate women about the importance of breast cancer prevention and detection. So read along, and let us know what's your plan.
1. Get educated.
The most important thing that every woman needs to do, is to get educated! Know all about breast cancer, either by asking your doctor, reading information about breast cancer or attending seminars in your local community. Did you know that many women who develop breast cancer couldn't identify the symptoms properly?
2. Plan a fundraising event.
Fundraising events are a great way to raise awareness about breast cancer in a fun atmosphere. Plan a charity bake sale, a garage sale or any kind of activity day, and invite people to attend. Make sure to state where they money collected will go, for example, to help treat breast cancer patients in need. P.S. Don't forget to obtain permissions if necessary.
3. Encourage your family members and friends to go for a checkup.
Early detection of breast cancer offers the best chance for a cure. Encourage your female family and friends to go for a yearly mammogram and to perform a regular breast self exam, especially if their age is above 40. A mammogram is an x-ray exam of the breast, that's used to detect any changes,and the breast self exam helps you look for any early signs of breast cancer.
4. Donate your hair.
One of the most powerful things you can do during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is to donate your hair to cancer patients. Many cancer patients prefer to wear wigs when they lose their hair due to chemotherapy, and you can help them by donating your hair. Before cutting your hair, make sure to find an organization in your local community that accepts hair donations. Also, there are some guidelines to consider, for example, the hair should be clean and dry, tied in a braid or ponytail, and it should be at least 30 cm in length.
5. Participate in a marathon.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many marathons and runs are held, and there's nothing better than running for a good cause.
6. Buy pink products.
Another thing you can do during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is to buy pink products. Usually, many shops and brands sell special merchandise during October, whose proceeds go to breast cancer organizations and foundations.
7. Spread the word.
As much as you can, help spread the word about the importance of breast cancer prevention and early detection. One of the best ways to do this, is to utilize social media. Share awareness messages or change your profile picture; this seems like a simple thing to do, but your family, friends and colleagues might actually learn something new. It's a way of volunteering to help educate women about breast cancer. Make sure to check out the hashtag #BreastCancerAwareness.
8. Read inspirational stories.
There's so much you can learn from breast cancer fighters and survivors who went through life-changing experiences. Take the time to read their stories; you'll find beauty, hope and strength, and you'll be introduced to new perspectives from inspiring women.
9. Donate money.
You can also donate money during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The money can go to provide mammograms for women in need or even sponsor activities at a local breast cancer charity organization.
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