October is here, and we’re reminded again of the millions of women worldwide who are currently battling, or have battled with, breast cancer.
So, to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to share a few tips to lend support to friends, family, survivors, and those affected by this tragic illness. Whether you’ve personally been touched by breast cancer, or are just curious how to offer a helping hand during this time, here’s what you can do:
Call or visit a loved one
A little communication goes a long way, especially for those feeling the weight of what October can bring. Show your friends, family members, and survivors in your circle that you’re there for them with a phone call or in-person visit. Reminding them that you’re thinking of them and wishing them well can help relieve any feelings of negativity they might have experienced, or are currently going through.
Wear pink to show your support
Battling an illness like breast cancer can be a very isolating and difficult time. To show your support and solidarity for those impacted by breast cancer, the simple act of wearing pink serves as a gentle reminder that you’re in their corner. Whether it’s a t-shirt or the official breast cancer awareness ribbon, wearing pink during the month of October is a simple way to show you stand with everyone affected by breast cancer.
Donate to breast cancer research programs
With no official cure yet, breast cancer research is ongoing. And though there have been some major breakthroughs, we’re not totally in the clear yet.
Donating to breast cancer research programs is a great way to join the fight and stand with survivors and those battling the illness.
Organizations you can donate to include:
Encourage friends and family to get their breasts examined
Every year, women must get their breasts checked (or check them for themselves) for any lumps or possible signs of breast cancer. But, not everyone has the time or the resources to visit the doctor. Encourage those close to you to get their breasts checked. Tag along with them to their doctor’s appointment and keep them company. Or, point them to a few sources online to teach them how to self-examine at home. Early detection can be life-saving.
When we offer a helping hand, we empower those close to us to take care of themselves and those around them. This October, let’s show our love and support by joining the fight against breast cancer.