Spreading Awareness: Breast Cancer
Updated: Aug 22, 2022
Breast cancer has been apparent for a long time. Nowadays, there are many people who are diagnosed with breast cancer and are continuing their fighting towards it. Together, we can all support women who are going through this path and spread awareness so that people can learn how to do so. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and that’s why we will all work together to uplift women in this very important month.
In 1985, a partnership between the American Cancer Society and Imperial Chemical Industries resulted in creating a month to spread awareness around the world about breast cancer. Betty Ford, a breast cancer survivor and the wife of Gerald Ford (one of the former presidents in the United States), have helped organise the event for the beginning of this awareness month. With her contribution, this month became more recognized and well-known all over the world.
The main goal of this month is to spread awareness and help females learn about breast cancer. In doing so, they can get mammograms to screen for breast cancer and take good care of their health. In addition, this action is done by not only advocates, but by those who survived and are willing to share their journeys with people, especially females of all ages.
SYMBOL: THE PINK RIBBON
As many of you might already know, the symbol of this month is the pink ribbon. This symbol was used by Estée Lauder Cosmetics in 1992, as a way to make their customers learn and spread to more people. It then later became the symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is now being used globally.
The symbol: Pink Ribbon
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:
Some might suggest that breast cancer is a disease that is only seen in women and only women should be caring about it, which is a completely false approach. Males have the potential to get breast cancer as well even though it is not as high a chance as in females. Also, despite the fact that women have a higher potential of being diagnosed with this cancer, it is important that people get involved in this movement regardless of their gender so that awareness can be made more easily and spread widely.
WAYS OF SHOWING SUPPORT
If you want to help those who are fighting with breast cancer and show support in order to spread awareness, there are many ways you can do this. For instance, you can start your own fundraising campaign. By doing so, you can later donate the income to charities or organizations who are helping those with breast cancer fight it and to organizations that support early diagnosis tests. You also have the option to make donations yourself to these organizations. If you don’t have the financial ability to make a donation but still want to be a part of this amazing cause, you can simply share posts about breast cancer on social media platforms or learn about some facts and educate people around you with that knowledge.
Remember, breast cancer is an illness that has a cure. We need to spread awareness in order to let all the people on earth know about it, promote early tests, and show support. Women are not the only ones in this, so we all need to show our contributions. We can help people, together we can.
SOME SITES YOU CAN SHOW YOUR HELP
-National Breast Cancer Foundation: https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month
-Breast Cancer Research Foundation:
-Breast Cancer Now:
-A site that includes charities:
Written by Nehir Altinkaya