Published on October 21, 2016 — Leave a comment

4 Ways to Honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are plenty of ways to recognize the importance of this month, big and small.

Here at thredUP, many of our employees are holding potlucks, participating in walks, and donating to charities like the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

We spoke to women in our larger community and asked them how they’re recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness month. If you have a story to share or an idea for honoring this month, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section. Read on for a few ideas we wanted to share:

1. Talk to your doctor about mammograms and other preventative measures. Medical advice varies when it comes to mammograms and other preventative measures. Talk to your doctor about what you should be doing based on your medical and family history.

Self exams also super important. The more familiar you are with your body, the better. If you don’t know how to do this, here’s a great guide.

2. Shop brands that give back. You’re still going to need to be a consumer this month, but you can consciously choose brands that help the cause. 

Eos is donating 100% of all October Berry Blossom Body Lotion net profits to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to aide in the fight against breast cancer and create more effective treatment.

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Thrive created set of limited-edition beauty products for breast cancer awareness, including a dual-sided cheek, lip, and body stick. With a blending brush on one side, the opposite end includes Maggie, a shimmery rose cream stick that’s all natural, vegan, and cruelty free. 100% of profits will be donated to support breast cancer awareness, and for every product purchased, one will be donated to a woman in need.

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Archipelago Botanicals donates 50% of the proceeds of their “Find a Cure” candle  to Breast Cancer Angels, a non-profit organization that helps breast cancer patients and their families afford the medicine, food, gas and shelter they need while they are undergoing breast cancer treatment.

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3. Support the women around you. One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime; chances are you know someone who’s been affected. While every month is the right time to support one another, use this month as motivation to get out and do something. One idea is to sign up for a walk that raises funds for a charity and increases awareness.

4. Give back.  If you don’t know which breast cancer organization to donate to, we suggest the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 88% of funds go to research, and 3% go to awareness, meaning 91% of the money donated to this fund goes directly to the cause. 

Head to our Facebook page to watch our live video, where we talk about honoring this month.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on how you honor this month, this cause, and those around you in the comments section!