If you feel like you've been seeing pink everywhere you go, it isn't all in your head.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and people all over the country, ranging from football players in the NFL to breast cancer foundations like The Susan G. Komen foundation, are doing their best to raise awareness and show support.
National Breast Cancer Awareness month was started in 1985, and has grown larger and larger every year. Over time, not only has there been an increase of awareness, but an increase in survival as well. In 60 years, breast cancer survival rates have tripled, due to the increase in early detection measures as well as better medicines and medical technologies. Things are looking up, but still there is much work to be done to support those who are fighting this disease.
So what should you be doing to show your support both in Boston (and beyond) this October? We've got a few ideas.
- Check yourself. (and urge your loved ones to do the same.) Learn how to do a breast self-examination and talk to your doctor about when the right time would be to have mammograms or other forms of early detection screening. Remember, men can get breast cancer too! It is important for everyone to be aware of their bodies and checking for changes. There are male-specific guides for breast exams too.
- Schedule your mammogram. Mammographers and staff from the Avon Comprehensive Breast Care Center at MGH Cancer Center will be available to answer questions and schedule mammograms in multiple locations around MA throughout the month. View times, locations, and dates here.
- Wear pink. Show your support to the millions of women, men and children whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.
- Reach out. Don't be afraid to write a note to someone you know that has been affected by breast cancer and let them know you are thinking of them at this time of year. The thought will mean more than you know.
- Buy a hat. For every hat purchased on Skida's website, they will donate a corresponding hat to a cancer center of your choice.
- (Hard) rock out. The Hard Rock Cafe is donating 15% of the profit of their Pinktober line of merchandise (ranging from pink drinks to t-shirts) to breast cancer research efforts.
- Go Bruins! On Wednesday, October 21st the Boston Bruins NHL team is donating a portion of ticket sales to the American Cancer Society in partnership with the ACS' Making Strides Against Breast Cancer initiative.