With breast cancer affecting over 210,000 women a year (according to a 2008 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. Approximately 425,000 women died from breast cancer in 2010. It also tops the list as the leading cancer death among women worldwide. Despite all of the awareness and research, the number of new breast cancer cases globally more than doubled over the last 30 years. And women aren’t alone. In 2012, an estimated 2,190 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in men.
Whether you, a family member or friend are living with breast cancer – or you would just like to become involved in this month’s events – here are a list of cool items and activities to help BOOST your support in the fight against breast cancer.
National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Early Detection iPhone App
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Discovered early, the 5-year survival rate is 98%. This free app from the National Breast Cancer Foundation will give you a personalized early detection plan that includes reminders about scheduling mammograms and breast self-exams, to information on risk factors, signs & symptoms and information about performing breast exams at home.
The Avon Walk For Breast Cancer
A 39 mile, two day walk, The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer has become one of the leading fundraisers for breast cancer research. Taking place in eight cities across the United States at various times of the year, it’s not only a great way to show your support for those living with and affected by this disease, but it’s a great way to get in shape and build endurance. You can register to walk here and help Avon put an end to breast cancer.
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk
This 60-mile, three-day walk takes place in 14 cities from June thru November annually. Since its inception in 2003, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day has raised more than $600 million dollars. Net proceeds help pay for breast cancer research globally, and local community programs supporting education, screening and treatment.
The Breast Cancer Site
The Breast Cancer Site offers countless items that help raise money for breast cancer prevention. Nearly 53,000 mammograms have been funded through proceeds raised by this site. From t-shirts to wallets to jewelry to running shoes, show your support this October by supporting this site. These make great gifts, too!