While some associate orange, red and brown to the month of October, others associate the month with pink. October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is a time to honor those who have been touched by cancer and to become educated about the disease. Take the time this month to learn more about breast cancer and make sure you’re keeping yourself informed and healthy.
Get checked this month. Head to your local health center for your yearly mammogram. There are many programs offering low cost and even free exams. By getting checked often, you reduce your risk of developing something and letting it go undetected. Use this time to educate yourself on proper self-examination. Online resources such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation and The American Cancer Society are available for you to learn more.
Figure out your risk factors. Knowing if you are at risk will keep you aware and more likely to overcome cancer. If you have lifestyle risks, work to change these habits and strive for a healthier you. Educate yourself on ways you can prevent cancer.
Get involved with the cause. The month of October is brimming with events and fundraising opportunities to battle breast cancer. Look for items whose proceeds are donated to breast cancer research from your favorite stores like Macy’s and Target. Find out when your local breast cancer walk or run is and help out. You could volunteer, donate or even participate in the event. This support means a lot to people who suffer from breast cancer. Susan G. Komen is a great website to find local events in your area.
Breast Cancer touches each of us in one way or another. It is something we can overcome, and by staying educated and involved in the cause we can battle this. Watch College Lifestyles this month for other fantastic articles about Breast Cancer Awareness Month.