Looking for ways to get involved with Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
Here are 7 easy ways for seniors to get involved and help raise awareness for breast cancer:
1. Stay Informed
As the adage goes, change starts from within the home. If you want to raise awareness for breast cancer, you have to raise that awareness within yourself first. Read books, listen to podcasts, talk with friends, and discuss with your doctor. Keep yourself well informed and up-to-date on the latest breast cancer information. And, if that’s too much for you, then just brush up on the basic facts: what, why, when, treatments, and preventative measures.
2. Listen to the Stories
Breast Cancer Awareness Month isn’t just about the facts and figures. It’s also about the personal, life changing stories that real men and women went through as a result of breast cancer. Directly or indirectly, breast cancer diagnoses have altered and shaped the lives of many across America. Throughout the month, take time to listen to some of the stories of these brave individuals. Lend support to friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances, and strangers through your sympathy, understanding, and listening ears.
3. Share the Knowledge
Once you’ve spent time learning and listening, it’s time to step out into the world and spread the word. Share your knowledge with both other seniors around you and younger adults. If you don’t have much information to share, then just engage in open conversation. One of the best ways you can raise awareness for breast cancer is by engaging in safe dialogue about the topic. Remember: breast cancer is not taboo.
If you have some time, volunteering is a wonderful way to really get involved with the cause. Volunteering gives seniors a chance to connect with others, as well as gain a sense of importance. There are plenty of virtual and in-person opportunities for volunteering, simply look for pink/breast cancer awareness organizations in your area.
If volunteering is too time consuming or difficult, another great way to get involved is by donating. It doesn’t have to be much, seniors can donate whatever they feel comfortable giving. The money donated to various breast cancer awareness organizations goes to helping breast cancer patients, families, and men and women around the world. Every dollar counts.
6. Wear Pink
Spread awareness for the cause by wearing pink! Scavenge through your closet or buy something new. Wearing pink throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month allows you to easily get involved by showing your support and solidarity.
7. Get Tested
Take the information to heart, and get yourself tested for breast cancer. If you’re between the ages of 40-49, consult with your doctor about how often to get tested. If you’re 50 or over, it is recommended to get a mammogram roughly every 2 years.
It’s also recommended to conduct self-examinations about once a month. Look and feel for any lumps or irregularities in your breast tissue. Consult a doctor right away if you notice anything unusual, or simply have doubts or questions.
The sooner cancer cells are caught, the more likely the treatment be successful. That’s why getting tested regularly is so vital.
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