Creating Breast Cancer Awareness
Creating breast cancer awareness in society is the single most important course of action in our collective fight against breast cancer. This can go a long way in saving the lives of breast cancer patients, as evidenced by the more than 2 million breast cancer survivors in America today. Remember, we are in a race against time — because, as of today’s state of affairs, another 2 million women and some 1700 men might be diagnosed with breast cancer every year.
Breast cancer awareness includes awareness about (i) the importance of early detection and (ii) the fact that, if detected early, breast cancer is very curable — so, being diagnosed with breast cancer does not spell the end of the world for you. Breast cancer awareness campaigns educate the public about the importance of regular breast self-examination, in addition to having an annual mammogram and clinical breast examination done after the age of 40 and once every 3 years between the ages 20 and 40 if you have a family history of breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Though the month of October has been officially designated as the international Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our motto should be: “Create breast cancer awareness all year round — Don’t wait for October to arrive”. For over two decades, a number of non-profit organizations such as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Cancer Society have been devoted to spreading breast cancer awareness, educating women all over the world about early detection, treatment and diagnosis of breast cancer.
During the breast cancer awareness month, they organize public events like “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walkathon”, “Race for the Cure”, “Relay for Life” and “Avon 3 Day” in order to create breast cancer awareness and raise funds for research into breast cancer and to support those who are fighting with breast cancer.
In addition to breast cancer survivors and friends or relations of people who lost their battle against breast cancer, thousands of people in the general public are encouraged to participate in such breast cancer awareness campaigns and contribute to this cause in whatever way they can.
The Pink Ribbon: The Symbol Of Breast Cancer Awareness
Of late, breast cancer awareness programs have gained so much momentum that they attract not only general public and volunteers, but also celebrities, politicians and big companies who are willing to be a part of them by sponsoring such events. This has resulted in international breast cancer awareness and fundraising movements like “In the Pink” and “Think Before You Pink”, symbolized by a pink ribbon.
Big companies are inviting consumers to join them in their fight against breast cancer by organizing pink theme parties or a pink day at work. Some are also into fund raising by selling corporate gift items embellished with the Pink Ribbon, a portion of the proceeds of which are donated to breast cancer research organizations. These days many stores are also selling a whole lot of Pink Ribbon products for the same purpose.
You can also contribute in your own little way, e.g., by wearing in public t-shirts with breast cancer awareness messages printed on them. A whole range of breast cancer awareness gear is available online at http://www.cafepress.com/breastvictory. You will feel proud of having played a role, however small, in humanity’s collective fight against breast cancer.