October isn’t solely pumpkin spice latte season – it’s also the time to put in the extra effort for raising breast cancer awareness.

Throughout October many unite in the awareness-raising efforts focused on breast cancer. It’s a disease that one in eight women will be diagnosed within their lifetime. It’s estimated more than 250,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 40,000 will perish from it. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. But let’s also focus on a positive: there are more than 3.3 million breast cancer survivors in the country.

Increasing the odds of surviving breast cancer is about early detection. Much of the efforts during Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the encouragement of undergoing breast clinical exams and mammograms. Below are a few ways to help spread that message!

Bust Out The Pink
Rep pink all month long. Whether you have some pink-laden outfits or sport a pink ribbon, pink gets the conversation about breast cancer started. Engage with your family, friends, and coworkers and tell them why you’re wearing pink. This is the simplest way to become part of the awareness-raising movement.

Use Social Media
Social Media is an incredibly useful tool for discussions and spreading stories. Use your platforms to access the network of family, friends, and coworkers you’ve built and promote breast cancer awareness. Survivors can create a post about their breast cancer journey, you can encourage others to go get a mammogram, or even just have a general discussion about the disease.

Get More Directly Involved!
There are numerous events and charities you can donate your time or money to in the fight against breast cancer. Tackling breast cancer requires an exorbitant amount of time and funds – if you have extra of either you can become an incredible weapon against breast cancer! Whether you volunteer or donate money, know your efforts are appreciated and useful.

The fight against breast cancer needs action and awareness galvanizes action. Let’s inspire each other, let’s spread the message and let’s strive to make change. Tell your story and tell others to get a mammogram. Breast cancer touches all of us in some way so let’s unite together and promote awareness this month.

Learn more about cancer screenings at Memorial Healthcare here. We host a free cancer screening event on November 4th where you can undergo a clinical breast exam.