Do you have your awareness pins ready? Anyone who has lost loved one knows that the holiday season can be a particularly tough time. Among the many diseases and illnesses out there, cancer is certainly one of the deadliest. The CDC lists cancer as the second deadliest cause of death with nearly 600,000 in the US in 2009. For those hundreds of thousands of death, there are millions more who have cancer or are currently in remission. In fact, nearly half of all men and a third of all women will contract a form of cancer in their lifetimes. Part of the reason for this is the sheer number of cancers out there: There are over one hundred different types of cancer that affect the body from bone cancer to Mesothelioma. Those effected by cancer often have limited options to help their families, stemming from savings to filing a mesothelioma lawsuit.
The rate of survival depends on a number of factors, including the stage it was discovered, the overall health of the patient and the type of cancer itself. Given this information, there are many ways to create awareness so more and more people get treatment, including awareness pins, walks and more. Now is the time that we stress the importance and power of giving, so direct donations to research foundations are another route to take. The more we create awareness and donate to research, the more opportunities people will have to spend time with those they love during the holidays.
What Are Some Ways to Create Awareness and Help?
• Awareness Pins: Do you know which month is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month? It’s September. How about Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month? It shares the month with turkeys and green bean casserole. Every month is dedicated to providing awareness for some form of cancer, and awareness pins can put these in the limelight. Many of us know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but there are many other forms of cancer that people must know about. Pins can help start the discussion.
• Walks: There’s a walk for nearly every form of cancer illness out there. Walks are a great way to raise money and create awareness. Plus, they are a good way to get some exercise. Countless studies have shown the relationship between exercise and a reduction of risk of some cancers.
• Donate Directly: The American Cancer Society and other organizations are more than happy to have your donation to help with their research and preventative marketing campaigns. Plus, your donations to these organizations are tax-deductible, which means you have no excuse.
Joan Price is an avid marathon runner who supports awareness causes. Follow her on Twitter @JoanniePrice