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Great Ways to Mark Breast Cancer Month

October 1st, 2012 Inspirational

According to BreastCancer.org, nearly 12 percent of women will develop invasive breast cancer throughout the course of their lives. While breast cancer is prevalent, so is America's willingness to fight it. Here are a few ways you can mark Breast Cancer Awareness month this October.

Schedule a mammogram
The only way to fight breast cancer is to know if you have it, and the earlier it's caught, the easier it is to defeat. WomensHealth.gov recommends for all women over the age of 40 schedule a mammogram every one to two years. To find a medical facility that offers mammograms, consult The National Cancer Institute or the American College of Radiology.

Attend fundraisers and charitable events
One of the best ways to battle breast cancer is to support causes that promote research and awareness. There are a slew of great fundraisers, such as the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer or Relay for Life. These take place in cities and towns all throughout the country. There are also regional fundraisers, such as the Pan-Mass Challenge, a Massachusetts bike ride that supports the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. These events usually feature inspirational speakers and special moments of recognition for survivors.

In order to participate, you have to raise a certain amount of money by getting sponsors (like your friends, family and co-workers) to donate. Even if the event doesn't take place during Breast Cancer Awareness month, you can start raising money and building your team of supporters.

If you aren't participating in a ride or walk, you can still show your support by cheering on those who are. Some of the bike rides or runs are long journeys, so consider lining the route and holding up inspirational signs at events near you.

You can also host your own fundraiser with a party that has food, beverages and music. Have people donate at the door or charge a flat entry fee. Talk to local businesses and ask them to donate goods for a raffle or have people sell baked goods. You may also want to press up shirts or give out pink lanyards to commemorate the event! Make your fundraiser educational as well by ordering free informative brochures from the American Cancer Society and handing them out to your guests.

You may also want to check your local news source for benefit events like concerts or sports games that support breast cancer charities.

Wear Pink
Pink is the official color of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means showing off this pretty colors helps spread awareness of the disease. Buy anything from shirts to key chains to car magnets from charitable websites like TheBreastCancerSite.com - every purchase goes on to help the National Breast Cancer Foundation.