Friday, October 1, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2010

October 1, 2010 marks the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2010; this year marks the 25th year of this observance. Breast Cancer Awareness Month was first established in 1985 by the American Academy of Family Physicians and AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation and CancerCare, Inc.; the month has since grown to be a national event promoting educational events and various programs which encourage and empower women to take control of their own breast health. While October is the month dedicated to increasing awareness world wide, I personally feel that breast cancer awareness should be a 365 day/year (366 in leap years) mission, and for some it is.

This month there are lots of ways to show your support for breast cancer awareness. The first and (IMHO) the easiest way to show your support is to wear a pink ribbon everyday. But when you wear it, wear it with purpose. Use it as a way to remind women to get regular checkups and mammograms (if they’re over 40), do their self-exams, and to continue to support this cause by raising funds to continue the fight.

Be sure to check your local event listings participate in events in your area that are supporting the cause. There are a wide variety of events during the month from walks/runs to restaurant nights; everyone can find an event that fits their personal tastes.  Now if your are stumped for an event to participate in, or if you need an easier way to go about showing your support, please visit my Cousin Millie’s page at the Susan G. Komen 3-day for the Cure website.  She will be participating in this event as a 10 year breast cancer survivor, celebrating 10 years of being breast cancer free!  She is also walking in memory of my beautiful sister Edna who fought until the end in February, 2009.  Feel free to support her efforts by giving a donation to the cause.

 
Millie celebrating 10 years being breast cancer free!

Whatever you do to make this month significant, I thank you in advance for your support of the cause.
 
Looking forward to seeing all those pink ribbons out there!
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