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According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women worldwide, affecting over 1.5 million women annually. A small percentage of men, under 1%, are also diagnosed annually.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, charities such as the Susan G. Komen organization, American Breast Cancer Foundation, Breast Cancer Now, National Breast Cancer Foundation, and Breast Cancer Research Foundation work to raise money to find a cure and address breast cancer through detection, prevention, and support services. Want to show your support? You too can get involved with these ideas.

1. Go pink: A pink ribbon and the color pink, in general, is the symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Add pink to your wardrobe to raise awareness, or shop pink products that donate the proceeds to breast cancer research.

2. Volunteer: Sign up to volunteer with an organization like the American Cancer Society. Examples of services and support you may be able to provide include free rides to treatment, making patients feel at home, and leading body and mind workshops to help patients feel better.

3. Organize a fundraiser online, at work, or at home: Set a fundraising goal, mission, and an incentive. For example, have a bake sale or cook-off where all sales go to a breast cancer research organization. Or organize a raffle at work where everyone who donates gets entered to win a day off work. Whatever you choose, make it fun to get many people to participate!

4. Participate in a fundraising walk: Millions of people walk each year at various fundraising events across the country to end breast cancer. Get involved in one near you, such as the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides event, and Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure, and take steps to support the cause.

5. Share a story: How have you or a loved one been affected by breast cancer? Many people need to hear from survivors and those affected who are willing to share the story of their breast cancer journey. Give hope to others by sharing your story with an organization of your choice. Who are you fighting for?

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