October is one of my favorite months. Warm drinks, flannel, boots, leaves and cuddle weather. More importantly though, October is also the kick off for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Knowledge is power, so let’s get some!
Let me throw some facts at you. According to the American Cancer Society:
- Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women (except for skin cancer)
- For 2015:
- About 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed
- About 60,290 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is the earliest form of breast cancer).
- About 40,290 women will die from breast cancer
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
- Chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%).
- Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989
- Decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness
- Men can get breast cancer
Angelina Jolie made headlines earlier this year when she underwent preventive surgery due to results of genetic testing she had done. Testing revealed a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, these genes help prevent cancer by keeping the cells from growing abnormally. I thought this was very brave of her for coming forward and talking about this. I don’t think a lot of people knew (at least I didn’t) about genetic testing before, but more importantly, it sparked conversations about breast cancer and conversations we should be having with our doctors and loved ones. Speak with your health care provider for more information on what’s best for you and when you should get screened.
“I wanna help!” you say? Great!
Everywhere you shop, you can probably find something that gets 100% or a portion of the proceeds donated to charity. I found a few or you can also donate directly!
- A portion of proceeds will benefit breast cancer research.
- 100% of the NFL’s proceeds from Pink product sales go to the American Cancer Society.
- Pretty with a purpose. With every purchase of the Breast Cancer Awareness Peony set, Bobbi Brown will donate $12 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
- Tory Burch is donating 20% from the purchase of the York Buckle Tote in Light Oak to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
- MainGate will donate to Susan G. Komen a minimum of 15% of the purchase price of items sold on ShopKomen.com.
- 100% of all proceeds from this link are donated to MD Anderson Cancer Center to benefit breast cancer and prostate cancer research.
Donate < To make a donation on the American Cancer Society website.
Breast Cancer Awareness should be every month….
Let’s help end the fight!
Xs – BW