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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

How We Can Help End This Dreadful Disease

As we celebrate October and all the changes it will bring, let's remember the one thing that remains constant year after year.  Remember this is the month of 'PINK'.  Pink is everywhere during October to make us more aware of breast health and breast cancer which ravages new patients every year.  Let's think about what we can do to help.  

First of all, we can be responsible for our own breast health and wellness by committing to scheduling our own annual mammogram this year.

Then, we want to remind our friends, family, co-workers, associates, and acquaintances to do the same.  Help guide them through the process if necessary by going with them or just make sure they have the information about locations where services are available and help them know what to expect to remove any fears or doubts.

Last but not least, we can all participate in activities and events that support the fight against breast cancer.  If we can't walk or participate in an event, then we can write a check and get others to do the same to help find solutions for this dreadful disease.

One lesser-known organization to support is the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).  It was founded as a result of the personal experience of breast cancer survivor, Janelle Hail, in 1991. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1980 at the age of 34. At the time of her diagnosis, there was little information about the disease, and she was forced to make a decision about her health with few options.

After her treatment, Janelle made a commitment to help women around the world by educating them about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

NBCF wants you to know that you are never alone during your fight against breast cancer. The organization offers free, innovative programs that other organizations may not be providing to women facing breast cancer.

According to their website, NBCF is one of the most recognized and respected breast cancer charities in the world. NBCF has received the highest 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, for 16 years. On average, 80% of their expenses are directed to life-saving programs.  

Find out more information about their programs at nationalbreastcancer.org.

Of course, we can never forget about Susan G. Komen and all the good work the organization does in their crusade to extinguish breast cancer.  Even though their Walk in Charlotte was held in September this year, you can still give to support their good cause.  Go to komen.org for more information about their programs, their next events, and to find out how to give.

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