According to www.nationalbreastcancer.org the purpose of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to raise awareness to remind people to take steps to ensure early detection.  It’s a worthy cause and here are 3 ways anyone can support it…

#1.  Early Detection Plan.  Whatever your position on health care is, be it alternative, traditional, allopathic, or integrated, your best chances always lie in early detection.  Step one of an early detection plan is to make sure you schedule regular physical exams.  Your doctor or health care provider can help you determine the best schedule for you.  Also, hanging a reminder card in your shower that promotes self-examinations can be another part of an early detection plan.  Go to www.earlydetectionplan.org for more information and to find out how you can get an early detection App that creates a plan for you.

#2.  Help Out A Cancer Warrior.  If you or a loved one have fought the battle of breast cancer, then you know more than anyone how financially crippling the expenses can be.  Here is a chance to help a breast cancer warrior or to help someone pay for preventative care.  And holding a fundraiser these days can mean anything from a bake sale, to a concert, to an online funding campaign.  With websites like www.gofundme.com and www.giveforward.com you can hold virtual fundraisers that can be supported by people from around the globe.  It doesn’t matter if you are raising funds online or offline; social media is a wonderful platform for spreading the word.  Whether you are helping one person, supporting a family, or if you are choosing to raise money for the general cause, be sure to spread the word through social media with stories, pictures and hashtags. For tips on how to promote your fundraiser you can find tons of information online, for starters www.nonprofithub.org has some great resources.

#3.  Be A Friend To A Cancer Warrior.  Probably the easiest and most profound way you can show your support in October is to be a friend to someone suffering from breast cancer.  It doesn’t take much to show your support to someone with a life changing illness.  You can send a card, make a meal, or sit and have a cup of coffee with them.  Even sending a thoughtful text message to cheer up their day can sometimes pull a suffering person out of a moment of despair.

According to www.cancer.org, the American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015 there will be 231,840 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed.  That’s too many grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends!  Spread the word of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.