It’s October: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And while this time of year has systematically turned into a Susan G. Komen propaganda (see controversy over “pinkwashing”), that still doesn’t change the fact that African-American women lead in breast cancer related deaths, despite incident rates being higher among non-Hispanic, white women.
You may be too young to worry about mammograms (I was when I asked my doctor for one at 17). But surely you may know someone who is looming over that dreaded age bracket (40-49) or is, unfortunately, already diagnosed with the oftentimes malignant disease.
One in eight women will be diagnosed, making breast cancer the most common and the second leading cause of death among women. Here are four things you can do to really help the cause and pay it forward.
1. Sponsor a mammogram to a woman in need
It costs approximately $100 to provide a woman a mammogram.
2. Start or join a fundraiser
Start a ticketed event, create a fundraising page, or find a National Breast Cancer Foundation event (i.e. marathon).
3. Partner with a nationally-recognized charity
The National Breast Cancer Foundation is one of the most highly visible and recognized breast cancer charities in America.
4. Volunteer to help educate the mass
Become an advocate by holding a forum that discusses Breast Cancer 101, or join an outreach volunteer program.