How to Make an Impact for Those Fighting Breast Cancer
You have probably heard that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With 1 in 8 U.S. women developing invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime, it is hard to escape some connection to this disease. Despite your awareness, you may wonder what you can do to help prevent breast cancer or help those who have it.
Here are several ways you can make a difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer this month and throughout the year:
Make sure everyone gets screened
The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women ages 50 to 74 at average risk for breast cancer get a mammogram every two years. Women who are ages 40 to 49 years old should discuss when to start and how often to get a mammogram with their doctor. Remind those you love to schedule their mammogram. If you know someone who needs help getting to a mammogram appointment, offer to give them a ride also.
Provide monetary support to your favorite organization fighting breast cancer
There are many wonderful organizations that help increase breast cancer awareness, provide screening options for the underprivileged, conduct research, and assist breast cancer patients.
Locally, the Cancer Center of Southwest Oklahoma is one organization which benefits greatly from the donations of the community. These funds provide for those unable to afford medical care or pay for transportation to appointments and fund clinical trials.
The American Cancer Society, Breastcancer.org, or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) are also nationally known organizations you may wish to consider for donations.
Support your friends, family, and community
Social media is a valuable tool for communication. Spread the word by “liking,” commenting, and sharing information about breast cancer. You can also organize a walk or virtual event through social media to benefit your favorite cancer charity.
Consider donating time or other items to local cancer charities as well. Many facilities accept care packages with comfort items for cancer patients like soft blankets, warm socks, snacks, and books. The Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma accepts care packages and also has opportunities for volunteers including assistance with patient transportation. To learn more, contact Alison Green at email@example.com.
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