Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 5 Ways To Make A Difference

Last March, we lost my daughters’ longtime and beloved babysitter to breast cancer.
Juliana had inflammatory breast cancer, a relatively rare but particularly aggressive kind, and she faced an uphill battle. Yet with every new treatment and surgery, she never gave up hope and was blessed to be surrounded by loving family and friends. In her memory, we had a plaque put on a bench in the park where she and all the kids loved to play. I thought it would be a concrete way for my 5-year-old, Jane, to know that Juliana would never be forgotten. One day, we invited their friends to put flowers on the bench (that’s them, at right); as heartbroken as Jane was, she told me, “This was one of the best days of my life.”

This month, there are so many ways you can support the effort to cure breast cancer, help provide treatment to underserved women, reach out to women who have been diagnosed, and protect your own health. Here are five:

1. Participate in an event. Join one of the many Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure or the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events this month.

2. Take steps to learn your own risk factors and how you can help reduce them. But don’t panic—or believe these myths about breast cancer.

3. Make sure you know the most thorough way to do a self breast exam. If you are over 40 (or over 30 and in a higher-risk group), don’t put off getting a mammogram.

4.  Show your support for women who lack the resources that we have in the United States by uploading a photo on this Global Photo Mosaic. Somewhere in the world, a woman dies of breast cancer every 69 seconds. Or make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which offers free mammograms to American women in need.

5.  Shop pink (is it your daughter’s favorite color too?). When you’re buying, look for products who are giving back to beat breast cancer.

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