It’s Breast Cancer Action Month

It’s Breast Cancer Action Month

The time is NOW to take action this October in the fight against breast cancer. While awareness is an important first step, this year is about going even further to take charge of your breast health–learn all you can, speak up for patients and survivors, support research and take care of yourself, your friends and family members by acting to safeguard your health.

In 2020, about 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women and 2,620 cases will be diagnosed in men in the U.S. Plus, every day in Orange County, FIVE women are diagnosed with breast cancer and ONE WOMAN dies from the disease. This is unacceptable!

Here’s what you can do to take action this October:

Tune In – Sunday October 18 at 6:30 PM for our feature on KABC 7 News as we discuss our initiatives and activities that help support Orange County community members. You’ll also hear from inspiring survivors, MBC thrivers, and special guests.

Connect and Support Local Businesses: Many of our friends and partners are hosting special promos and virtual events this year with proceeds benefiting local breast cancer programs. Visit the Fashion Island Butterfly Mural or stop by the Cannery Restaurant in Newport Beach to wine, dine and support the fight against breast cancer. There are so many ways to contribute, take part and support the efforts of our community this month. Explore all opportunities and resources at komenoc.org/bcam!

Take Part in Metastatic Breast Cancer Advocacy and Education – Now through October 31, you can participate in the Susan G. Komen LA and NYC Virtual Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference. It’s designed to help patients, MBC thrivers and the entire breast health community connect, gain invaluable educational resources and learn useful coping strategies for patients and caregivers. Invite friends and family to join you! Click here to learn more and register.

Schedule that Mammogram – Talk with your doctor to see when beginning mammogram screenings is appropriate for you; and stay true to that schedule. If you are uninsured, start here.

Participate in Virtual MORE THAN PINK Walk – Registration has been extended through October 31 so you can still join us FOR FREE, walk your neighborhood, fundraise, and earn unique rewards while supporting local breast health programs. Learn more at komenoc.org/walk and help us reach our $500,000 goal!

Know Your Risk for Breast Cancer – Are you carrying the cancer-producing genes BRCA1 or BRCA2? Is there a history of breast cancer in your family? Are you in higher-risk ethnic groups? Talk with your family, check in with your friends and make sure you all know your level of risk. This Breast Cancer Family History toolkit will help you better understand your family history and overall risk of breast cancer.

Thank you for your support! We are stronger together, even when we are apart.

Remember, if you or someone you know is in need of breast health and/or breast cancer support, please call the Komen Helpline at 1-877-465-6636.