Despite significant improvements in breast cancer treatment and detection technology, breast cancer has become the leading cause of global cancer incidence. Asian women had the highest chance of being diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer among all races. Men are also susceptible to breast cancer, so all adults should be proactive.
Throughout October, internationally recognized as breast cancer awareness month, millions of people get involved in bringing awareness to this disease. Getting involved may seem overwhelming, but supporting breast cancer patients and survivors are easier than one may think.
1. Wear pink
The pink ribbon is an international symbol for breast cancer. Wearing a pink ribbon or a pink outfit is a simple way to express moral support for those diagnosed with breast cancer. Get a pink outfit ready and encourage friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to do the same!
2. Help a cancer patient
Sometimes asking for help can be hard. For those who know someone battling breast cancer, find a way to make their life easier without them asking. Whether offering to walk their dog, drive them to their doctor’s appointment, or prepare frozen meals, simple acts can make a huge difference.
Also, many chemo wards even take donations of clothing, scarves, and hats for patients. Reach out to local organizations to see what goods or services would benefit the community.
3. Educate yourself (and others)
Anyone can be affected by cancer. In fact, the majority of patients never expected to receive a cancer diagnosis until it happened. Knowing one’s risks of developing cancer can aid in early detection, which makes cancer easier to treat. Spread awareness by telling friends and family who should be getting mammograms, who is at risk, and how to check breasts for abnormalities. The more educated society is, the greater defense there is against cancer.
4. Spend wisely
Many organizations get on board to promote breast cancer awareness in October. Unfortunately, some companies only see this as a marketing opportunity. Before buying from a retailer that claims to support breast cancer initiatives, know exactly where the money is going.
5. Directly fund research initiatives
Research is critical to finding a cure, prevention methods, and more effective treatment options. Currently, the Asian Fund for Cancer Research is funding dedicated researchers to develop multi-functional antibody therapies – safer and more effective immunotherapy to treat advanced breast cancer. The pre-clinical results from this research are promising for triple-negative breast cancer. The work of these researchers relies on donations, and a contribution of any size can have a huge impact. You can show your support during this breast cancer awareness month by giving to research today.