Gentlemen, lend me your ears!
This is an alert to the breast-men out there in Cyberia to do something, anything to join the cause to stop breast cancer before they take another woman. All joking aside, the affliction of breast cancer has plagued women for years. Though the cancer has been put on the ropes, the fight continues. Breast cancer awareness month will finish by the end of this month, but the cause is ongoing. In this year, an estimated 192,370 American women have been diagnosed with this dread disease#. A further estimated 40,170 have perished this year already#. Many of them will be able to survive the disease, some with surgery others through chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Here are a few tips that you can do if not this year, but for years to come to conquer this infirmity. But first some information:
Who was Susan G. Komen?
Susan G. Komen was a sister to Nancy Goodman Brinker who was the US ambassador to Hungary and is at present the World Health Organization’s Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control. Susan had contracted and later died from breast cancer in 1980 at the age of 36. Her sister Nancy also contracted breast cancer, but was able to successfully survive it. This organization was started as a promise to Susan from Nancy, with a message to all that this can be beaten with early detection and treatment. Nancy uses this foundation as a platform to elevate the importance of research and availability of treatment to all women who want and need it.
What can I do to save them?
Join the 3-day walk.
Here is your chance that if you would want to put on some sneakers and walk the walk, instead of talk the talk. Fellas, if you’re a breast lover, then stand, walk and be counted! The 3-day walk has been focused upon sponsorship from private individuals to walk for 3 days and collect the funds to bring to the sponsorship, who in this case as many others has been the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This foundation has done more to raise funds for research and development for a cure to breast cancer. Register in a nearby event in your area by finding it on 5.komen.org for next year.
Lick a lid
No doubt if you have been to your market in this time of year, you start seeing in the dairy case these Yoplait yogurts with pink lids on them. This is by far the easiest way to make a difference. Every year, Yoplait creates an initiative called Save Lids to Save Lives, where all you’d need to do would be buy Yoplait yogurt, clean off the pink lid, save them and mail them to them. For every lid they collect, Yoplait will donate ten cents to the Susan G. Komen Foundation which assists in providing funding for research and prevention awareness. All lids must be received by December 31st of this year. So fellas, instead of grabbing that milkshake from the burger store, head out and get a yogurt or two for the cause; one for each! For more information on the program, visit yoplait.com.
Donate, donate, donate!
Every so often, some organization is running an e-cycle initiative to collect old electronics for donations. Some places will also take cell phones and other things. recycleforbreastcancer.org pulls in recycles to create donations for breast cancer research here in Northern California. Don’t have one in your area? Not to worry, they have a toll free number that you can call to get information on how to arrange for the shipping of your donation. If that seems like a bit too much work, you can do your part with you wallet. The first place I list here is National Breast Cancer Foundation nationalbreastcancer.org. This organization is one of the primary trusted sites for donations that you can do at your leisure while online. The options to donate money for research or to donate a mammogram to those who are unable to afford one, are clear marked above the page for convenience. You may also visit The Breast Cancer Site thebreastcancersite.com where you can make many types of donations to assist in the research and aid to prevention, the suffering and to ensure there are more survivors than casualties.
Men, we have mothers, sisters, daughters, wives and girlfriends who have this threat to live with, we should do our part to help how we can. Educate your sons to do the same as this effects all of us in the detection, treatment and recovery from breast cancer to living for all. Saving lives helps preserve one of a woman’s best features, so cowboy up and make a difference. Their breasts will thank you!
Statistic from the American Cancer Society of estimated new cases:
Statistic from the American Cancer Society of estimated deaths of this year: