During the past several decades, survivors, healthcare professionals, researchers, and supporters have brought their voices together to drown out the silence that once surrounded breast cancer.
In 1985, the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca, an oncology drug manufacturing company) joined forces in establishing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Today, countless people around the globe show their support by wearing the iconic little pink ribbon during the month of October. In addition to wearing the ribbon, there are several ways to spread awareness, promote education, and support women in the fight against breast cancer.
Make a Donation
If your finances allow it, consider making a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). Each donation goes toward helping women before, during, and after a breast cancer diagnosis. There are several options to choose from, including:
- $25 to provide one woman with the necessary funds to get help from a patient navigator
- $50 to provide one woman undergoing breast cancer treatment with a HOPE Kit, which contains a number of calming and encouraging items, including candles, tea, socks, a journal, and educational resources
- $100 to provide one woman with the opportunity to join a breast cancer support group meeting
- $150 to provide one woman in need with a screening service
- Joining the Giving Circle, which will allow you to pledge a monthly gift as small as $13 a month
Get Involved with Fundraising
NBCF provides several resources to help you start your own breast cancer awareness fundraiser whether you’re an individual, a business, a student, or part of a sports team. There are also opportunities for corporate sponsorships. To start your fundraiser off, take part in the Go Pink initiative by adding a special frame to your Facebook profile picture or cover photo. NBCF makes things even easier by providing you with a customizable flyer template, which you can use to spread the word about your fundraiser.
Share Your Story
Whether you’re a breast cancer patient or a survivor, October is a great time for you to share the story of your experience, if you feel ready. To share your story and participate with NBCF, use the hashtag #HopeJourney so that you can connect with others who understand what you’ve been through and share your perspective on the challenges and triumphs of your own experience.
To learn more about breast cancer, self breast exams, screenings in the San Francisco area, and all things female health, contact Pacific Gynecology & Obstetrics Medical Group today.