Raising Breast Cancer Awareness


Raise Your Hand to Raise Awareness

Breast cancer has likely touched someone in your six degrees of separation. By now we know what it is and what it does, and we know there are survivors and non-survivors. The question is: What are you willing to do about it? The fight against cancer, funding cancer research, and the race for a cure are all at the mercy of people like you. What can you do?

Educate -

  • OK, unless you are a healthcare professional, counselor or human services representative, you may not be in a place to provide direct education. But then again you may be - check out your local free clinics and breast cancer advocacy groups to see what you can do.

  • Another form of education is simply bringing awareness - wear a pink ribbon pin, talk about breast cancer screens, and promote breast cancer education in appropriate settings, or with friends and family.

  • Practice what you preach - screen yourself monthly and get a mammogram annually every year after the age of 40.

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Peer Support -

  • If you are a survivor or a close friend or relative of someone who battled with breast cancer, volunteer to provide peer support. There are hotlines, web sites and other arenas for providing support.

Fundraising -

  • The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for breast cancer is widely known. The program even offers training for those who need to gear up for 3 straight days of walking.

  • For those of you who are more physically inclined, there is also the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K run.

  • And for those who are cardiovascularly challenged, Susan G. Komen also offers a Mother's Day Card, for which a donation is requested.

Donate -

  • Not interested, or don't have the time to spend on the options above? A direct financial contribution to the charity of your choice can spur research and spread education about breast cancer.

  • Sponsor someone you know who is walking or running for breast cancer this year. If you don't know anyone to sponsor and would like to, my dear friend Lauren is getting ready to do the 3-day walk in San Diego in November, 2008. You can donate to her fundraising here.

  • Buy something from a company that will donate a portion of the proceeds to a breast cancer foundation.


  • Go to The Breast Cancer Site and just click! That's it! You can click on their "Click Here to Give - it's FREE!" button and help contribute to free mammograms. If you also send an e-card, purchase from their store or click on one of their advertisers, you will further contribute to free mammograms.

The Pink Ribbon

Ribbons have brought awareness, from war support to the fight against AIDS. The Susan G. Komen foundation handed out pink ribbons in 1991, starting the pink ribbon movement. The pink ribbon is now the international symbol for breast cancer awareness. It's taken off since then - we see them everywhere now. Lapel pins, hat pins, pens, t-shirts, purses - you name it and you can stick a pink ribbon on it.

Fun Ways to Make It Pink

  • Tie a pink ribbon around pink grapefruit lotion or body wash and give it to a friend.

  • Wear pink shoelaces.

  • Fasten a fashionable pink scarf to your handbag for a conversation piece.

  • Tie a pink ribbon around your ponytail.

  • Give birthday presents wrapped in pink with pink ribbon.

  • Seal envelopes with pink ribbon stickers.

  • Make creative pink ribbon pins with different shades of pink ribbon and give them out in October.

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Comments 9 comments

Stacie Naczelnik profile image

Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle

I got a pink cell phone in support. Great info.

Kat07 profile image

Kat07 8 years ago from Tampa Author

I love that most "pink" products donate a portion of the proceeds to a breast cancer charity!

Jason Stanley profile image

Jason Stanley 8 years ago

A recent study showed a direct link between overweight and obesity to the incidence and morbidity of breast cancer. The greater the overweight the greater the chance of breast cancer and the greater the chance of it being fatal.

This is a double whammy because many overweight women choose not to get a mammograms. Most of the reasons for this that I have heard over the years while dealing with weight gain and loss revolve around being embarrassed because of their weight and what their bodies look like.

Be a good friend, help your overweight girlfriends understand their danger and with love support them all the way to the clinic.

Kat07 profile image

Kat07 8 years ago from Tampa Author

Thanks, Jason - you make a good point. There's no excuse to skirt the need for annual mammograms. Encouragement and support for those of us who are not diagnosed is important so that we continue to take care of ourselves.

JUDITH ALVAREZ 7 years ago

i had breast implants in 2001 and dony know what to do I lost my job and i dont have insurans im having pain in one of my breast is dear a place that i can go to for free my e-mail is nyrican16@hotmail.com this is urgent

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Kat07 7 years ago from Tampa Author

Judith - I think you need to look into your state and county clinics to see if you can find affordable care there. Also, apply for your state insurance - you clearly have the financial hardship.

hyperhidrosis 5 years ago

Thanks for posting. It is a nice information about breast cancer. Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts from cells of the breast.

sister surviver 5 years ago

I totally support breast cancer research but please be aware that it shouldn't come at the expense of others. Susan G Komen gives money to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is an abortion business, and if you will check your reasearch it is known that having an abortion increases your risk of having breast cancer. This kind of defeats their purpose don't you think? They say that the money is for low cost/free mammograms but giving it through Planned Parenthood helps the abortion business and is not the way to go. Why not give directly to a free standing clinic or even hospitals who will make sure those in need get their mammograms. Why not give your breast cancer donations to American Cancer Society's Making Strides Project? This is for breast cancer research.

BreastCancerHope 4 years ago

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