There are certain month-long events that get a lot of people talking. February is both National Heart Month and Black History Month. March is Women's History Month. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Turns out, Breast Cancer Awareness is not the only topic we should be mindful of in October. Take a minute to find out about many important issues - and why they really matter.
A woman born today has about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during her life, according to the Dr. Susan Love Foundation. But 40% of those cases can be prevented by lifestyle measures such as maintaining a healthy weight, breastfeeding, eating well, exercising, and limiting alcohol consumption. Plus, early detection increases survival rates, so it's important to consult with your doctor about your family history, changes in your breasts and getting mammograms, as needed.
1 in 5 kids struggle with ADHD, learning disabilities and/or dyslexia, according to Understood.org. And because not everyone understands these challenges, they sometimes get ignored or are misinterpreted as a child misbehaving or being lazy. We highly recommend checking out the Through Your Child's Eyes simulation where you can learn firsthand what kids with these issues experience every day. It's also important to note that many adults also struggle with ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia, and if they never got help, it's much more difficult to handle later in life.
10 million people per year (20 per second) are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). That equates to 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men who have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Domestic violence affects individuals in every community regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. For more information on understanding this epidemic, as well as things you can do to help, visit the NCADV website.
Tens of thousands of families experience a miscarriage, stillbirth or death of an infant. According to the Star Legacy Foundation, "Promoting awareness of pregnancy and infant loss not only increases the likelihood that grieving families will receive understanding and support, but also results in improved education and prevention efforts which may ultimately reduce the incidence of these tragedies."
Approximately 6,000 babies with Down Syndrome are born in the United States each year, according to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). Most people with Down Syndrome have a mild to moderate cognitive disability or intellectual disability but there are many misconceptions that should be corrected. Check out this page on the NDSS website to find out more.
Breast Cancer Awareness
Can I choose them all. People need to be aware of all of these causes. I've known and have been affected by all of these causes one way or another. They're all equally important.
Infant loss matters the most to me. Families that have experienced this type of pain often have other issues that are ripples of that loss. Having a good support system and readily available resources such as counseling and support groups for these families will help them cope with their loss. This need is too often overlooked and needs more attention brought to it.
Star Legacy Foundation or NCADV, it's a tough one.. If I could I'd split it between the 2!
Breast Cancer Awareness
I Would love people to be aware of a lot of things - sustainability issues, poverty issues, mental health issues. Specifically on this list I would choose the domestic violence fund as it is something people don't always feel comfortable addressing but definitely needs talked about.
Catch up with fall festivals.
So many important causes in October touch my heart family with cancer, down syndrome nephew and child loss.
ADHD and AUTISM AWARENESS are tops on my list.
i want people to be aware of breast cancer awareness, my best friend's mom dont have much time left
I think everything mentioned is worth people being aware of in October and every other month for that matter.
Breast Cancer Awareness...I've lost a sister and dear neighbor to this gut wrenching disease.
I want people to be aware that this is Breast Cancer awareness month.
I'd love for my donation to go to down syndrome awareness
I can't say enough about Breast Cancer for both grandmoms and my aunt went through and recently lost my sister-in law and friends wife to. So I Support Dr. Susan Love Foundation!