Breast Cancer Awareness as a Year Round Effort
Today, we’re sharing about Breast Cancer Awareness as a year round effort in partnership with Susan G. Komen.
Thank you to Susan G. Komen for kindly sponsoring this post.
All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own. #susangkomen_partner
In October, you will likely start noticing pink ribbons, pink shirts and even pink license plate covers recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In one of the neighborhoods near us, they even tie pink loofas around the tree trunks during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As women, breast cancer awareness is more than just one month a year though. It is a year round effort.
Breast cancer hits home for too many. Personally, my grandmother on my stepmom’s side suffered from the effects of breast cancer. It was a hard thing for our family and gave me the desire even more to make sure I went to my annual checkups. Now that I’m 40, I am going to schedule a mammogram as well. I want to do everything I can to protect myself and others from breast cancer and part of the way of doing that is by spreading the word.
- Conducting breakthrough research to understand, prevent, and treat breast cancers
- Performing critical community outreach, which includes:
- Improving access to care for low-income and uninsured women by conducting breakthrough research to understand, prevent, and treat breast cancer
- Providing free or low-cost screenings and diagnostic services
- Funding to offset the cost of life-saving breast cancer treatments to those who can’t afford it, or funding to provide free transportation and child care for those needing help going through treatment
- Offering guidance to the newly diagnosed or long-term breast cancer patients needing resources and information as they navigate important decisions
- Advocating for public policy to fund lifesaving research and provide patient support
- Focusing on patient care to ensure that all people have access to quality screening, diagnosis, and treatment
Through all of these approaches, Susan G. Komen helps to fight breast cancer along all stages. For example, the organization helps women get screened in order to find breast cancer earlier, as well as helps those diagnosed understand their treatment options. Plus, the organization supports patients in coping with the physical and emotional impact of the disease and offers free or reduced resources to help every step of the way. Last but not least, Susan G. Komen is working hard to find critical breakthroughs in breast cancer. This includes what causes breast cancer, how it can be detected earlier, and treated successfully. As I said earlier, Susan G. Komen is truly an amazing organization!
Since Susan G. Komen was founded, the organization has invested more than $988 million in breakthrough research, and more than $2.3 billion on community health, education and advocacy, helping people in about 60 countries. The organization’s efforts have also helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the United States by 40% between 1989 and 2016 (the last year for which data is available). How awesome is that??!!! Susan G. Komen has even set a new goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the United States by 2026!
Let’s join together in the fight against breast cancer! Be sure to visit Susan G. Komen for more information about how the organization is on the frontlines of this fight!