October 1st marks the start of many health awareness initiatives and includes Breast Cancer. This is a month to remember and honor those who have been victims of breast cancer. Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to spread awareness about the disease that kills nearly 41,000 women each year. Below you will find ways to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as helpful resources and quotes that you may share on Instagram with the hash tag #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth
11 Ways to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness including at work.
1. Wear something pink daily in October
Examples: pink ribbon, pink article of clothing, pink hair accessories, pink phone case, pink mani and pedi, pink phone case and breast cancer pin just to name a few.
At work: hand out pink ribbon or pins to everyone in your office or work place. Encourage your employees to wear it daily as a reminder for the month of October.
2. Hold a pink pumpkin contest
This is perfect for children or could be used to help spread awareness at work and a contest can be held. It is October, so why not combine Fall activities with a good cause? Good idea right?
-Children: have children decorate their pumpkins with pink markers, stickers or paint. Have them showcase their pumpkin on the front porch or near the front door, so when people see they will be reminded of Breast Cancer.
-Work: Have employees create their best breast cancer awareness pumpkin to showcase and place donation jar next to each pumpkin The person with the most donation wins (be creative with the reward). All donations can be donated to your local breast cancer center or non profit organization (breast cancer) in your community.
3. Organize a walk/run event or attend one in your area
-Work/Community: Organize a walk and have people make donations. Donate all proceeds to a Breast Cancer Center.
Making Strides of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey will be hosted virtually this year on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7P est
(hosted by 6 ABC and Univision 65 | Pennsauken, NJ)
4. Provide Education/Know the facts
Providing education and sharing these facts listed below may save a life. Send them in a newsletter, post to your social media, share this blog, print a list and hang in the staff break area or up front for others to see as well. The facts provided below are from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc and American Cancer Society.
-Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women worldwide
-1 in 8 women receive a breast cancer diagnosis
-On average, every two minutes a female is diagnosed with breast cancer
-1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes
-Alcohol use increase the risk of breast cancer
-Over 3.3 million breast survivors are alive in the U.S. today
-An estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer
-1 in 1,000 men will receive a breast cancer diagnosis
-Breast cancer occurrence and death rates generally increase with age
-Only 5-10% of individuals diagnosed have a family history of breast cancer
5.Update your social media profile pictures and/or share posts
Spread awareness about Breast Cancer Awareness month by sharing your support on social media! Feel free to download the image below and add it to your profile pic for the month of October to spread awareness to your friends and family online. Check Pinterest for more Breast Cancer Awareness photos.
6.Organize a fundraiser
7.Make a donation
9.Be physically active, control your weight and make healthy choices
10.Avoid exposures to radiation and environmental pollution
11.Lunch and Learn with a survivor
-Uplifting #BreastCancer quotes that you may share on Instagram or use as a screen savor or your cellphone
Self Exam- National Breast Cancer Foundation
Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your breast gently covering the entire breast area and armpit. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps.
If you would like to leave any helping resources or quotes feel free to do so in the comment section below. Someone will appreciate it.
In Loving Memory Of My Beautiful Cousin Latoya.