According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women worldwide, with hundreds of thousands of lives lost every year across the globe.
In the United States alone, on average every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, which translates into 1 in every 8 women diagnosed with this illness during their lifetime, and the situation is even more dire in most of the European countries.
However, the death rates, which stayed at about the same level from 1930 to 1970, are dropping, thanks to better screening, early detection and increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.
Every October since 1985, millions of people worldwide get involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with a one and only goal – to help eradicate breast cancer once and for all, by increasing awareness and helping to develop more advanced treatment options.
How can everyone participate in Breast Cancer Awareness month? There are many options and resources.
Here is a link to the global resource where you can find everything from special apparel to education to the directory of breast cancer organizations around the world and everything in between.
Spread the word, Increase awareness, Encourage others:
Early screening saves lives. The earlier cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat, control, and beat. Encourage your friends, family, and loved ones to perform regular checks. You might save someone’s life.
The research and advancement of treatments is the key element in winning the war on cancer. Research requires lots and lots of resources, so donations for research might be the best way to help with finding the cure. Here are some useful links for you to decide where you would like to help.
International Agency For Research on Cancer
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Walking and running have long been a great way to spread awareness of cancer and show support for patients around the world. But this is only half of the story. It’s been clinically proven that running is the most efficient and healthy way to prevent cancer recurrence in recovering women (and, of course, to overcome treatments, mentally and physically), so every doctor, nurse, caretaker, and therapist strongly recommend (or even orders) running or at least fast walking as a way of life after healing. Therefore, running and walking groups were created both for this healthy activity, as well as a show of support (For example, in Israel, every October, healing women run for newly diagnosed).
Here is how you can find walk/run events and groups in your area:
Together, we can beat it.