October is breast cancer awareness month. It is the time of the year to show support for the survivors, fighters, and those who have passed. But spreading awareness and supporting women with breast cancer do not just happen in October but throughout the year. This cancer affects 1 out of 8 women including senior women and residents in assisted living facilities in Nebraska.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women. Your mom, your sister, your aunt, your grandmother, or you are not safe from the disease. But breast cancer for senior residents in senior or assisted living facilities can be more fatal.
Breast Cancer Awareness month was born in 1985 in partnership with the American Cancer Society. And in 1992, Estée Lauder, the cosmetics company launched the use of a pink ribbon as a visual reminder of Cancer Awareness month.
Since then, the pink ribbon became a significant symbol. It became a physical symbol to encourage women to get a mammogram. Breast Cancer Awareness month is not only to educate about breast younger women but also senior women in assisted living facilities in Nebraska and anywhere in the world.
It promotes taking advantage of technology through preventative testing. It is about celebrating men and women who survived breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness month is also to honor and remember to who lost their battle against breast cancer. Lastly, the annual celebration is also to raise funds to support breast cancer research.
Spreading Awareness in Assisted Living Facilities in Nebraska
Assisted living communities in Nebraska can use the entire month of October to create or join in worthwhile activities to support the cause of the celebration.
First, use your voice to encourage your fellow residents, family members, and friends to have access to screenings and mammograms.
Second, provide resources where your circle and the community can have access to the support and care that they need.
Another thing is to donate (if you have the means) to provide preventative tests and mammograms to those men and women in need. Or you may want to tell your family and friends to donate to life-saving programs. Or better yet, let your fellow residents in assisted living communities in Nebraska organize a fundraiser.
You can also share the Breast Cancer Awareness month calendar of activities to your social media accounts and close the network so they can participate in events they are interested in.
Whatever type of activity you would like to do this month with your network, surely it will be something that can help every woman learn about the impacts of breast cancer, and access the screenings, support, and care that they need. Because no matter how small or big your efforts are, everything will be detrimental to fighting breast cancer.
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