Breast Cancer Awareness as a Year Round Effort

By Shannon Gurnee
In Body
October 14, 2019
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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

woman with pink loofa on light pole

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.

mom and daughter with breast cancer awareness socks

Since its founding in 1982, Susan G. Komen has been on the frontlines of the fight against breast cancer to save lives. Susan G. Komen’s efforts include the following:

  • 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!

Mom and daughters in soda shop

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!

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

31 Responses to “Breast Cancer Awareness as a Year Round Effort”

  1. I’ll check it out! I know awareness is important all year round. I am glad there are places that can help with this and get info out there.

  2. I am in awe of the work that the Susan G. Komen foundation does and continues to do for breast cancer. They’re the reason I will always donate something to their cause.

  3. Tasheena says:

    The Susan G. Komen foundation does such amazing work. Thank you for sharing this really informative post. Awareness is so important.

  4. Nicole says:

    Wow! Susan G. Komen does so many amazing thing! Awareness all year round is really important!

  5. kita says:

    It needs to be all the time. I know so many younger people getting this that it’s sad. Thank you for sharing this

  6. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    Several of my relatives have dealt with breast cancer and it is such a terrible disease. Awareness and research for it are causes close to my heart.

  7. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    Breast cancer is a cause near and dear to my heart. I have lost several of my relatives to it.

  8. Breast cancer is an awful diagnosis and I agree it deserves year-round attention. I’ve heard that they are super close to finding a cure. That would be amazing.

  9. Melanie says:

    Yes, this is something that should be kept in mind all year long. I hope we all continue the conversation after October is over!

  10. The Susan G. Komen foundation has made such a big difference in many people’s life. Such a great job. One of my favorite foundations to donate.

  11. Kelly Martin says:

    Breast cancer awareness is something that all women need to mindful of. I agree that it needs to be year round and not just one month of the year.

  12. You just reminded me that I need to have a mammogram. I was on top of it entirely about a year ago and then just keep getting too busy to schedule which is stupid. Must do this in the morning. Thanks for the reminder.

  13. My sister-in-law has breast cancer and is currently going through radiation therapy (she already went through chemo). It’s so important to do the recommended checkups so you can detect breast cancer early and get it treated asap.

  14. Yyyeeesssss! I love the title of your blog….all year round effort! Breast cancer will only be defeated or weakened, that way.

  15. It is very important all year long! I have had two special women in my life fight the fight. We participate in a lot of different events in our area! Keep informing people. This is a wonderful article. BTW love the socks!

  16. Kathy says:

    I love that there is a whole month for this. It’s something that should really be discussed. I believe that we should all make sure to know more about breast cancer awareness.

  17. Breast Cancer Awareness should be a year long commitment. It should not just be one time! We should empower women to speak and be aware about it.

  18. Ronnie says:

    I love the initiative and especially the pink loofas! My best friend has stage IV breast cancer so this is very dear to me. <3

  19. Angela Milnes says:

    My grandmother died from breast cancer. I would really like to see m ore people celebrate how far we have come on our research of it.

  20. Tiffany La Forge-Grau says:

    YES! I agree that the things that are most important to us should be given effort year round. Cancer doesn’t wait until cancer awareness month.

  21. I love that my kid’s school has a whole week to showcase the importance of this cause.

  22. joy says:

    i really admire Susan B. Komen for all the hard work they do for breast cancer. thanks for doing several posts about breast cancer awareness.

    Joy at The Joyous Living

  23. Emily Zielsinki says:

    This is really important to be aware. we had a morning tea at work the other day for breast cancer awareness month and we all had to wear something pink.

  24. Marysa says:

    It is good to be aware about things throughout the year. Most of us have been affected by breast cancer and it is good to support this cause when we can.

  25. A year-round effort for such a great cause really amazing. More people know and become aware more the benefits they get.

  26. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    This cause is so dear to my heart, because I have lost my mother to breast cancer. I have two cousins who are both Breast CA survivors now for more than 5 years. Regular screening and raising awareness for breast cancer is very important.

  27. rika says:

    My mother’s in law lost her sister to breast cancer. I think the early detection of breast cancer is very important. Regular screening will be useful.

  28. Surekha-dreamingloud.com says:

    Susan G. Komen is such a great organization. More powers to them, I’ll pray that they’d succeed with their campaigns.

  29. Ana says:

    I love this wonderful initiative by Susan G. Komen foundation. Thanks to you too for creating awareness about Breast Cancer. We need to change the stigma.

  30. Rachel says:

    I try to keep it in the forefront of my mind because if I get it, I want to catch it early.

  31. angelina says:

    I totally agree that awareness all year around is so crucial. Great post, thanks for sharing!

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