There are some illnesses in this world that can be easily treated and only result in minor symptoms. And then there are those that are harder to treat that cause more pain and suffering. Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the world today, and while plenty of innovations have been made to detect it early and treat it more successfully, it is still responsible for taking the lives of nearly 40,000 people every year.

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As an individual, it’s always a good idea to try and help in any way you can. Whether you personally know someone who has battled or is battling breast cancer, if you are battling cancer yourself, or if you simply want to fight the pink ribbon fight, there are a variety of ways you can help fight breast cancer.

  1. Annual Checkups

Being informed about breast cancer is extremely important. Breast cancer is hereditary, and there is nothing you can do or eat or say that will change whether or not you carry the gene that is known for causing cancer or increasing your risk. Instead, the only thing you can truly do is see your doctor annually for a checkup. He or she can use their knowledge and their tools to help catch breast cancer before it’s too late.

Aside from visiting your doctor, you can also perform self-breast exams at home. This will allow you to get comfortable with your body and be more aware of anything that may be off. If you feel a bump or notice anything unusual during your self-breast exam, contact your doctor right away for a visit.

  1. Donate

Cancer research is extremely important in order to try and find a cure or trusted prevention method for breast cancer. In order to continue research, it needs to be funded. If you’re looking for a way to help, you can opt to donate money to the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, or any other local fundraising organization in your area. With continued funding, hopefully a cure will be found soon.

If you don’t have the money to donate, consider donating time instead. There are plenty of cancer-related organizations out there that rely on the help of volunteers. This can require you spending an afternoon hanging up flyers for a local fundraising event or even bringing meals to individuals who are in the middle of their treatment. Try to find the volunteer opportunity that not only fits in with your schedule, but that is something you would enjoy doing as a way to help.

  1. Support

If you know someone who is battling cancer, show your support in any way that you can. Maybe you can spend some quality time with them, or even run some errands for them when they’re not feeling so great. You can also do something out of the ordinary, such as shave your head to match your friend’s bald head during the middle of treatment, or wear or sell pink ribbon fundraising bracelets to help spread awareness. You can hold local fundraisers too and donate the money to a local cancer organization or give it to a family in need with a loved one suffering from breast cancer. The more you can do to show your support, the more people will be informed about breast cancer and the many other ways they can help find a cure.

Breast cancer may be one of the most common forms of cancer, but there is a lot that everyone can do to help find a cure for such a widespread disease.

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