October is finally here and it is absolutely my favorite month of the year. The weather slowly by surely starts to cool down, the leaves begin to change and I get to celebrate my birthday! October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month and while we may not all have been directly affected, we most certainly probably know someone who is. Every Friday in the month October you have a chance to show your support of educating people and finding a cure by wearing pink. In today’s culture there is so much emphasis on the outer beauty of women and not nearly enough on our internal health and wellness.
The CDC reports outside of other skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity. It is also the most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women and the second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women. These are alarming stats and to me, a call to action. While everyone may not have the monetary means to donate financially, you can get involved in several walk-a-thons, races and benefits in your area that aim to raise money for this cause. If you have access to the internet and social media, consider promoting or posting information on your facebook page. If you see a great story involving a survivor, tweet about it! There are endless ways to show your support.
Lastly, but most importantly routinely conduct a self check for breast cancer. Our biggest defense is prevention and early detection. Knowledge is power and the more we exchange information and bring awareness, the further along we will be in finding a cure. Encourage, support and promote. And most of all, be well!
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