October Awareness: What you need to know.

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 10.02.19
October Awareness: What you need to know.

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. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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.

ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Awareness Month

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.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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.

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

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."

Down Syndrome Awareness Month:

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. 

What matters to you this October? Tell us below!

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  • mallgirl By mallgirl

    Breast Cancer Awareness!

  • sydfeldhake By sydfeldhake

    Because of my past, I would love to help others who have experienced any sort of domestic violence. It is a hard and troubling journey to escape from alone and there are so many misunderstandings about the people in those situations.

  • Beautiful_tulip7 By Beautiful_tulip7

    I want mine to go to abused and neglected animals

  • Beautiful_tulip7 By Beautiful_tulip7

    I want mine to go to abused and neglected animal's

  • Lorinda1971 By Lorinda1971

    Domestic violence. Also how to ensure that neither of my teenage daughters ever become the "1 out of 3"

  • Sarcher192 By Sarcher192

    If I were to win Adhd I know how that affects people

  • Gjprasad By Gjprasad

    That people wear pink for all women and hope that one day, we can find a cure.

  • Zoiebabee By Zoiebabee

    Down Syndrome awareness would be my choice. But Breast cancer awareness is equally important to me.

  • dogtrainer By dogtrainer

    Breast Cancer Awareness is an important topic to discuss. Information and treatment is very important!

  • SheSpeaksLoud By SheSpeaksLoud

    All these are important charities! What matters this month of October (everyday really) is that there is hope and great people that come together to bring awareness.

  • MrsGinaTaylor By MrsGinaTaylor

    Adhd awareness! My son has it.

  • ellielee By ellielee

    Helping others, it makes me feel good


    I would make a donation to a local animal rescue.

  • drimeth By drimeth

    How many animals are being abused and how to help them

  • ooster1 By ooster1

    love to win can really use the cash

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