In the United States, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women.
One in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. It is very likely that your wife, mother, daughter, aunt, grandmother or girlfriend will be affected by breast cancer.
There are some easy ways you can help fund the fight against breast cancer. Here are 10 ways you can help:
1. Buy some stamps. “Fund the Fight — Find a Cure” postal stamps are available at your local post office, or visit www.usps.com.
2. Wear jeans to work. “Lee National Denim Day” is October 7. Visit www.denimday.com to see how your place of business can be involved.
3. Exercise. Run at the “Komen Race for the Cure.” Visit www.komen.org to see how to find a run in your area. Walk in the “Relay for Life” on October 8 at Oxnard High School. Visit www.cancer.org for the site in your area.
4. Donate a gently used wig, hat, or scarf to your local cancer center. Oxnard has a great cancer support center at St. John’s Regional Medical Center.
5. Listen to music. The CD “Stronger than Before” features Olivia Newton-John, Patti LaBelle, and Diahann Carroll who are all breast cancer survivors. Visit your local Hallmark store to find this CD.
6. Eat some yogurt. Yoplait yogurt has a “Save Lids to Save Lives” program. Yoplait donates 10 cents a lid to the Susan B. Komen foundation.
7. Give some candy — or buy some for yourself. M&M’s brand chocolate will donate 35 cents to the Komen foundation for each 14-ounce purchase of their specially packaged pink M&M’s.
8. Shop for some clothes. Target and Nordstrom’s carry “Pink Ribbon” collections. The purchase of T-shirts, purses or slippers helps contribute to various breast cancer funds.
9. Shop for some cosmetics. Avon carries “Pink Ribbon” products also.
10. Get a mammogram. This is the best way to detect breast cancer at its earliest and most treatable stage, an average of one to three years before a woman can feel a lump.
There is a new diagnosis of breast cancer every three minutes and a life lost every 14 minutes. Go out and do just one of the items above, or do all 10 so that we can fund the fight to find a cure for breast cancer.
— Monica Delgado, Oxnard