October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American women, and is the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. (source)
This disease affects women AND men. It is not gender specific. is rare, but it does happen. In the U.S., about one percent of all breast cancer cases occur in men. Survival rates for men are about the same as women. Visit Susan G. Komen’s website to learn more about the signs and symptoms for early detection.
While a majority of people are aware of breast cancer, many don’t take the steps to detect the disease in its early stages. I know I am guilty of rarely checking myself for warning signs. My family does not have a history of breast cancer but I have been looking into creating an early detection plan. It’s suggested that women, 20 years of age or older, should have a clinical breast exam as part of their yearly physical exam, at least once per year. As well as self-exams done weekly.
How can you help? Here are some fun and unique ideas for holding a breast cancer fundraiser:
- Host a pink hat party – Invite everyone to wear pink everything and serve pink foods and drinks
- Organize a pink dance – Sell tickets to support breast cancer and encourage everyone wear pink clothing, serve a pink signature drink and auction or sell awareness crafts
- Put together a 5K race or participate in one locally – Susan G. Komen has 4 throughout North Carolina and It’s Go Time hosts one annually in Wilmington, NC