As a caregiver, you owe it to yourself and to your seniors to celebrate and raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast Cancer Awareness isn’t just another regular ol’ holiday. It’s a month in which emotional and physical health are brought to the forefront in order to empower individuals with the strength they need.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month tells the stories of victims and survivors’ past and future. It warns its listeners about the dangers of breast cancer and teaches about preventative care. It demonstrates to friends, family, and all who pay attention that breast cancer is a real problem, and all must be aware in order to fight it together.
Here are 4 ways you can get involved with Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a caregiver:
1. Know the Facts
More important than wearing pink is knowing what the color stands for, and what it is exactly that women and men across the world are fighting for.
In a nutshell- breast cancer is a disease. It occurs when active cancer cells develop within the tissue of the breast. If caught at an early stage, the cancer cells can be removed. However, if left untreated, the cancer cells can become fatal.
Breast cancer is both a national and global concern. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 women in the United States develop breast cancer. And, according to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide.
2. Spread the Word
Raise breast cancer awareness by sharing the information you know with your beloved senior, friends, and family.
As a caregiver, it’s crucial that you keep your senior up-to-date on breast cancer information, so that your senior can understand the dangers at hand, and make enlightened decisions.
The goal of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to share valuable information that could possibly save your life or the life of someone you know. So, make sure your senior knows the key symptoms of breast cancer, how to get tested, how to prevent breast cancer, and tips for beating it.
3. Wear Pink!
The easiest way to get involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to wear pink. Just a little pink here and there shows your support for the cause and for all those who have suffered directly and indirectly from the disease.
If you want to go the extra mile, you can even purchase pink breast cancer awareness merchandise like shirts, pins, stickers, and more. If you have some extras, share with your senior so he or she can get involved too!
4. Get Tested
Now a days, it’s pretty easy to get tested for breast cancer. Caregivers and seniors can get a mammogram, which is a picture of the breast via x-ray.
As a caregiver, it’s important to make sure your senior is getting tested as needed for breast cancer. And, while you’re at it, make sure to get yourself tested as well!
For successful treatment, it’s critical that breast cancer be caught and diagnosed early on. The best way for that to happen is by getting checked regularly.