7 Ways You Can Help Support Breast Cancer Research

Breast cancer affects millions of women and thousands of men each year. Research is being done to figure out how to beat this disease and save lives and avoid the high costs and pain associated with breast cancer. Here are seven ways you can help support this research.

1. Donate
The Susan G. Komen Foundation is the United States’ largest organization dedicated to supporting breast cancer research. You can donate money to this organization or to any other organization or hospital that has a fund created for this purpose.

2. Purchase products that contribute.
Many companies sell products that are designed to help raise money for this important cause and a portion of the profits and proceeds are donated. You can help by supporting these companies and purchasing their products.

3. Run in the Race for the Cure.
Each year the Susan G. Komen foundation sponsors a race for the cure in all major U.S. cities. Participate in the race and help spread the word as well as contribute financially.

4. Volunteer
You can support organizations that help support breast cancer research by volunteering your time. Many of these organizations rely on volunteers in order to be able to function. You can also volunteer to help support groups as well, who could also use a lending hand.

5. Help spread awareness
Wear t-shirts, talk with your friends, family and acquaintances and do other activities to help make people aware of the need to support breast cancer research. Many people may not be aware of how important it is and of the need to support it. You can do your part to help make them aware.

6. Create products and donate some of your profits.
If you have your own business or are crafty then you can make your own products and donate some of your profits to either the Susan G. Komen foundation or other similar charity.

7. Participate in research studies and surveys
If you have had breast cancer and survived or if it runs in your family history, there are research groups that are looking for people to participate in studies to help them better understand the disease. Volunteer yourself as a participant.

Pink Power Tools – Buying for Breast Cancer Research

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and even if you’re not a “girly” girl, you probably do what you can to support breast cancer research. Let’s face it, if you’re female, you have a couple of “girls” of your own to protect! So what does this have to do with power tools?

Power tools come in pink! At least there are a few, and some manufacturers are donating a portion of their profits to breast cancer research. An internet search turned up a decent 18 volt power drill in pink, and 10% of each purchase is donated. Tomboy Tools is donating a portion of each toolkit sold this month to Avon’s Walk for the Cure. A company called Pink Tool Belts increases its donation from 10% to 25% on its Pink Ribbon Tool Belt every October.

Women who are serious about their power tools can be very vocal in the internet forums regarding the marketing of pink tools. Some are downright insulted; they think they’re demeaning to women, and wouldn’t be seen in public with a pink drill. Others don’t believe pink tools could have the quality of their heavier, less brightly colored counterparts. Still, there are many women who are huge fans of these feminine versions of handyman hardware. They enjoy having a tool that acknowledges that they are women, and appreciate buying a tool belt that fits better and has a bright cheery color, or a lighter tool with a smaller grip.

There are other advantages to owning pink tools. If you share a workspace with men, I doubt that your treasured pink hammer would accidentally disappear into a man’s toolbox! (Something to keep in mind if your husband is constantly borrowing your cordless drill.) It’s really too bad that more tools aren’t available in pink.

Let’s applaud the efforts of pink friendly companies to support breast cancer awareness, as well as their efforts to encourage women and girls to learn new skills. Every woman, even you girly-girls, should learn how to tackle her own “honey-do” list. There are few things more empowering than doing it yourself, no matter what color power tool you choose!

The Lung Cancer Epidemic

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the American population and the western world. Lung cancer use to be the leading cause of cancer deaths in American men only, but since 1988, women have caught up with men and since then lung cancer is leading cause of cancer deaths in women as well. Well over 170,000 cases of lung cancers are diagnosed in the United States each year. Very few fortunate ones get cured from this miserable disease. About 157,000 people die as the direct result of lung cancer.

The mortality related to lung cancer exceeds the combined mortality rates of second (breast cancer), third (prostate cancer), and fourth (colon cancer) leading causes of cancer death. How would we react if every day a Boing 747 crashes and all the passengers die? That’s what happens with lung cancer. About 430 people die every day from lung cancer.

Despite the high rates of cancer deaths, lung cancer receives much less attention compared to other cancers, especially breast cancer. Lung cancer research receives much less funding, and general public takes much less interest in lung cancer. Even though lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women, very little research and scientific progress occurs in the field of lung cancer.

It is estimated that about $1,723 per cancer deaths is spent on lung cancer research where as the corresponding figures for breast cancer ($13,953), prostate cancer ($10,318) and colorectal cancer (4,618) are much higher. It is interesting to note that the department of defense funds breast cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer but not lung cancer.

Part of the problem associated with lung cancer research funding is the fact that, there are not many lung cancer survivors to lobby for the cause of lung cancer. High mortality rates associated with lung cancer leaves very few survivors to fight for their cause, and even those fortunate survivors are not in very good health, since most of these survivors are patients who had undergone extensive lung resection.

There is also a stigma associated with lung cancer. Unlike many other types of cancers risk of lung cancer is very much linked with smoking. Many who deal with lung cancer patients and the patient himself think that the disease is the direct result of misbehavior. This fills a feeling of guilt on the lung cancer patients who tend to blame themselves. Also this acts against any fund-raising program aimed at lung cancer where people unconsciously feel that lung cancer is a disease that these patients brought on themselves.

More funding and research are urgently needed for lung cancer. We all have to join our hands to fight this miserable enemy of the human species.