Ways to Promote National Breast Cancer Awareness

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! 🎀

Did you know that breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women AND about 1 in 8 women born in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime!? Wow.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a great chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and getting regular mammograms after the age of 40-45.

Guidelines for Early Detection of Cancer:

The American Cancer Society recommends these cancer screening guidelines for most adults. Screening tests are used to find cancer before a person has any symptoms.

  • Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so
  • Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year
  • Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening

A Few Ways to Support Breast Cancer Research:

1.) Shop Vera Bradley

Vera Bradley is fighting for a future free from breast cancer! To date, the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer has raised over $28.1 million in contributions to support critical advancements in breast cancer research. If you’re a Vera Bradley fan, here are 3 ways you can show your support:

  • Round-Up (In-Store): Did you know that every purchase made in-store is eligible to be “rounded-up” to the next dollar with that difference going toward the Vera Bradley Foundation? Also, for online orders, you can add on donations starting at $1.

  • Make a Donation: If you’re wanting to make a direct donation to the Vera Bradley Foundation, you can visit here – donations can be made on a one-time or recurring basis. Plus, 86¢ of every dollar donated goes to breast cancer research so your donation is going directly to the cause.

  • Wear Pink: Show your support by wearing the 2017 Vera Bradley Foundation pattern, Modern Medley. If you’re looking for a gift for someone affected by breast cancer or want to show the power of hope yourself, the new Key to Hope Necklace is a great way to show your support.

2.) Buy Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray

Whenever you buy this limited-edition pink ribbon BB. Thickening spray priced at $29, Bumble and Bumble will donate 20% to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This pre-styler spray creates lasting lift, volume, and body. By the way, I LOVE Bumble and Bumble products… they ROCK!

3.) Snag This Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer

$10 dollars from each purchase of this limited edition Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure. This dermatologist-developed formula is 100% fragrance-free, allergy tested, and non-acnegenic. Available for purchase at Sephora, ULTA Beauty and other retailers for under $40.

AND, if you’re having a Breast Cancer Awareness party or simply want to brighten someone’s day, consider making these Breast Cancer Awareness Cookies and/or these fun Mammo-Grahams Treats!

On a personal note: This post is dedicated to the brave warrior women in my life who are currently fighting or have fought this battle! Also, to all our Hip2Save readers who are or have been affected by breast cancer, we sure are thinking of you.💗

Join The Discussion

Comments 19

  1. d4hearts

    I’m totally making these cookies for our “Wear Pink Day” in the office

  2. Rrussell13

    Lots of good information

  3. Heidi

    KEEP Collective has all net proceeds from the “breast cancer awareness Boutique” being given to this as well! I’m a designer if anyone is interested. Stella and Dot and KEEP are sister companies.

  4. Angela V.

    Thanks for raising awareness. My mother-in-law passed away three years ago from breast cancer. I miss her.

  5. DebY

    Love Your Mellon and sevenly.com are
    Great options as well

    • MermaidMommy

      Love Your Melon is awesome! The beanies are great! Shopping for a cause, great Christmas presents.

  6. Bili

    Encourage your love ones to get checked. My mom is one of those people who dislikes going to the doctor. I convinced her to go with me even if I wasn’t due for a physical. She was perfectly healthy. Unfortunately, I was diagnose with cancer. I’m in my early 30s. Please always make time to go to the doctor. If caught early, it could save your life.

    • Kay

      Bili-so happy for you that it was caught early. I was diagnosed at 35. No family history. I finished radiation in sept. Breast cancer has increased in women under 40. 1 in 8. Seriously wow. So sad.

  7. Redy

    Thank you , today is my 3 yr anniversary that I had a masectomity and visited my oncologist today for my check up ,, ! 😙 no history of breast cancer , in family I’m a mother of 4 young ladies so, encourage them to do their checkups, I’m just glad that I’m here , choose not to have reconstructive surgery , thank you bringing awarness

  8. VickiB

    Hugs for those battling, thank you hip2save for this post. My mom would have been 62 this year but passed away 14 years ago, Pinktober and other initiatives give so much hope and creates such a great network of support!

  9. Carrie

    I’m crocheting “knitted knockers” for mastectomy patients this month.

  10. Kristin

    Please find better place to donate than Susan g Komen. Only about 20% of their funding goes toward actual research for a cure, and their CEO makes an insanely high salary. Money is best spent elsewhere.

    • Rachel

      Agreed. http://www.metavivor.org is a great organization to give to, among so many others. They help people with metastatic breast cancer. Also be weary of companies selling pink items and claiming to give so much toward breast cancer research. Typically, only a very low percentage of the profits make it to research and the rest is absorbed by the company. Just please do your research. That goes for any organization you want to give money to.

  11. Rachel

    My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer at 18 with no family history of it. Six years later, she’s stage 4. Life has turned completely upside down for her and for our family. She has wonderful doctors but so much could have been changed if the cancer had been caught early. Please don’t wait til your 30s or 40s for that first mammogram. Go at 18 or at least by 22. 18 is rare but it’s becoming less rare each year. My sister talks to so many young ladies that have been diagnosed. My daughter will have to have one at 16 bc of a close family history. It’s awkward and not any fun but it may just save your life. Please go get a mammogram.

    • Kelli

      :'( so sorry to hear you’re going through this. All these stories make me so sad.

  12. Lisa

    I agree , after reading everyone’s stories I’m tearing up. I can’t imagine what you have been through or what your going through now. My prayers are with all you beautiful ladies.

  13. olgraygirl

    I am a two-time survivor myself–thank you all for all you do and pink-it-up Girls!!

  14. HBee

    Prayers going out to those with this battle…

  15. Tina9222

    Lots of friends that have been there #HOPE 🎀
    Lots of insurance companies WILL NOT PAY when there is no history “SAD”😭

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