Seeing pink? That’s because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the US. In 2008, the most recent year numbers that are available, more than 40,000 women died from breast cancer. While donating to the cause is important, there are also free ways to support breast cancer awareness.
Pin It To End It This October, you can honor and remember women or men in your life who have battled breast cancer by pinning photos to the “Pin It To End It” board on Pinterest. For every Pinterest photo posted and tagged with #pinittoendit this month Avon will donate $5 to fund care and research. For every repin they’ll donate an extra $.50.
Click to Give Free Mammograms
Once a day you can click the big pink button at thebreastcancersite.com. When you do sponsors donate money that goes towards paying for mammograms. According to the site, in 2011, paid advertisements helped fund 1,299 mammograms.
Turn Your Profile Pink
Pink is everywhere in October—so why not join in the fun by turning your Facebook profile photo pink? You can show your support for breast cancer awareness by giving your image a rose-colored hue. Just head to AvonFoundation.org/pinkyourself/ to get started.
Print Free Awareness Signs
Decorating for the cause is easy with this free 44-page set of printables from chickabug.com. Use them to throw a fundraiser or simply to start a conversation about the importance of early detection.
Become an Advocate
Funding for breast cancer research, treatment and prevention is often decided by our elected officials. By signing up to become an advocate at komenadvocacy.org, you’re committing to staying informed about current legislative actions. That way you can speak your mind and let legislators know that breast cancer awareness is close to your heart.
By Alison Storm
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