A breast cancer diagnosis is daunting for a woman, but early detection can save her life. As awareness grows, the disease is less threatening than it was a decade ago. The good thing is that there are millions of breast cancer survivors around the world, and they want to do their bit to beat the disease. You can do it as a survivor or someone who lost a loved one after battling the condition. You may also want to join the bandwagon as an initiative to help the community. Here are some actionable ways to contribute to breast cancer awareness.
Learn and share facts
Prevention, early detection, and timely treatment are key to fighting breast cancer. You can help others by learning and sharing valuable information regarding the disease. Countless women miss out on the early signs as they do not know about conducting a self-exam. You can start by passing on the information to the women in your family, workplace, and social circles. The small initiative can save lives!
Share your story
If you are a survivor, you can go the extra mile by supporting the cause by sharing your story. It does more than pass on critical information regarding detection and treatment. Your story can inspire someone struggling with the disease and give them hope to fight it like a winner. You can even convince others to undergo advanced breast cancer testing or suggest treatment options, share contacts, and provide advice on building back.
Host a fundraiser
It is possible to make a big difference by helping patients and survivors financially because breast cancer treatment and rehab are expensive. Start small by collecting funds for someone you know. You can think bigger by donating to a research organization working on finding a cure for the disease. Consider starting a breast cancer fundraising campaign for a trusted organization. Your initiative can contribute to research to help survivors lead healthy lives. Every dollar counts, so do not consider your effort too small.
Volunteering for a cause you believe in is another way to support it, and you can do it for breast cancer awareness as well. Look for local organizations conducting sessions, hosting events, and planning promotions for research foundations. You can donate your time and participate in such events. If you have seen the disease up close as a survivor, open up through speeches and lectures. Your presence can make a difference.
Spread the word on social media
Not everyone can contribute with money or volunteer as a public speaker, but it is still possible to help. You can do your bit by spreading the word on social media and even building a community of supporters and survivors. Encourage survivors and family members to open up about their struggles. You may even mobilize a campaign to help them through people who want to contribute financially. Social media enables you to grow your outreach once you get the initial momentum.
Your effort for breast cancer awareness can go a long way, from extending emotional support to saving lives. Follow these ideas to contribute the way you can.