This October, we have more to celebrate than unseasonably warm weather, joyful sunshine-filled days and the beauty of fall foliage. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in full swing. You’ve probably noticed this by the pink merchandise in the stores, pink light bulbs shining outside of homes in your community, and fundraising events. Even athletes at the professional, collegiate and school-age levels are getting in on this important cause by sporting pink athletic gear.
In honor of my mother, mother-in-law and grandmother who have all battled the disease, I’m paying it forward by shedding light on how you can get your employees involved in raising awareness for this all too common disease. If you’re not convinced this is worth your time to pursue, consider this: Have you, your employees or their families been impacted by breast cancer? If the answer is yes, this is a cause that is definitely worthy of your attention this month.
According to the American Cancer Society, aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in the United States, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. The chances of a woman developing breast cancer in her lifetime are 1 in 8, and there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Although women are approximately 100 times more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, it is also possible for men to become afflicted by it.
In honor of those who have lost their battles with breast cancer, and for those who are still bravely staring the disease in the face as they continue to battle it, do your part to help make a difference. You have the power to influence this cause and your employees in a positive way by getting involved in breast cancer awareness. It can be surprisingly simple to do. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Every action you take to raise awareness about this disease will make you an instrument of positive change. Take a few moments to find a way to spread a positive message of hope to your employees, customers, vendors and community members who have been or will be impacted by breast cancer. Your simple action will help to carry on the fight for a cure.