My aunt lost her battle with breast cancer many years ago. I was 19-years-old when she passed. I miss her smile, her feisty personality, and her laughter. You’d think as the years go by, it gets easier and easier. But, it saddens me today as much as it did then. I know I’m not alone either, I think we’ve all been touched by this disease in one way or another. This is why every October, I do my best to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second-most common cancer overall. They estimate that 232,030 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2014. These are insane numbers! That’s why screenings and early detection are key. And you can do this by speaking with your doctor or healthcare professional.
You can also find everything and anything you need to know from the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This includes explaining what breast cancer is, causes, risk factors, male breast cancer, and creating an early detection plan. And it’s all about Breast Self-Awareness. The Susan G. Komen website has some great tips. Read them here.
You may have noticed that many of our favorite brands and designers are showing their support this month. The Estee Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign (#BCAStrength) is always a personal favorite. Watch this touching and emotional video…make sure you have tissues ready. This campaign raises money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
They all want to help in the fight against breast cancer and it starts with supporting the cause to find a cure. And we can help too, by either donating straight to the organizations or by doing a little shopping. Below, you’ll see a few items that have made my personal favorites list. All of these items, when purchased, will donate a portion of the sale to various breast cancer research organizations.
We all know that being informed and educated about breast cancer awareness isn’t just a once-a-year kind of thing either. It should be an “every day for the rest of our lives” kind of thing. It all starts with YOU. Be smart, aware of your body, and help support those who are fighting for a cure. Do it not only for yourself, but for those you love.
1. Zelie for She Pink Carousel Collection 2. Forever 21 Keep A Breast Foundation 3. Everlast Pro Style Elite Training Gloves 4. Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection 5. Lane Bryant Making A Difference 6. Forever 21 Keep A Breast Foundation 7. Clinique Great Skin Great Cause 8. Tory Burch York Small Bucket Tote 9. Ulta $5 Donation Charm Bracelet