Growing up, my mom and I walked the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure every year. Volunteers used to pass out signs that read, “I walk for…,” to fill out. We always wrote my grandmother’s name, as she died of breast cancer when my mom was young. At that point in my life, breast cancer seemed like a nebulous, intangible disease to me—I knew my grandmother had died from it before I was born, but I didn’t know anyone personally who had breast cancer. Now, the number of women that I alone know who have been affected by breast cancer keeps climbing.
For far too many of us, breast cancer has hit close to home. The American Cancer Society reports that one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and besides lung cancer, breast cancer death rates are the highest of any cancer. In 2021, the World Health Organization found that breast cancer had become the most common form of cancer worldwide. As of January, over 3.8 million women in the United States have a history of breast cancer, according to an ACS study on cancer treatment and survivorship statistics.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to consider donating to support breast cancer research. There are new advancements every day that offer hope for people battling breast cancer, and your dollars can make a major difference. A few organizations to consider donating to:
In the beauty sphere, many brands are donating part or all of their proceeds to causes supporting breast cancer research for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some of the brands that are putting breast cancer advancements at the forefront this October. If you’re buying beauty this month, consider opting for one of these products.