There’s so much to look forward to in October (Fall foliage, seasonal spices are becoming frequent (aka spiced lattes and pumpkin bread) and cooler weather, but it also marks an incredibly important month – “Breast Cancer Awareness” month. With millions participating on a multitude of different levels, we’re all in it for one goal in mind – the fight for the cure.
fcbc51dc44571033d06e2ef151c1bc31Joining the search for the cure is much easier than you think – now-a-days you can even purchase a chocolate bar at your local drug store that gives back to BCA! We know that it can be an overwhelming feat on deciding where and how you can step in and help, so this year, we’re breaking down our favorite charities and products that give back in an effort to lead to the common goal – the cure.

Cancer and Careers: Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.

Breast Cancer Research Foundation: BCRF is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer. We provide critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship.

Susan G Komen: An encyclopedia for all things Breast Cancer related SGK works on both a National and community level to educate, research and create awareness around the disease. Go beyond donating and run for the cure in one of the many races that they put on in your local communities throughout the month of October.

Beauty that gives back:

1. Purchase the Bobbi Brown French Pink blush set, $45 at Bobbi Brown, and $10 goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

2. 10% of purchases made on throughout the month of October gets donated to Cancer and Careers.

3. Essie’s 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Mini Cube (4 piece)

4. Glam Glow’s limited-edition facial mask created in honor of breast cancer awareness


Breast Cancer AwarenessBreast Cancer will kill 39,620 women in 2013. Mothers, daughters and sisters, young and old alike are

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susceptible. This disease does not discriminate by color or age, so all women need to get checked and encourage other women around us to do the same.

Yearly mammograms starting at age 40, can save your life. Self exams are also crucial and only take 5 minutes. If you have a family history of BC or fall into a high risk category, then you may want to start younger. Regular screening saves lives, period. Breast cancer is not a death sentenced if found early. It is important to understand issues surrounding prevention and diagnosis etc.

In 2009 the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that women with an average risk of breast cancer start screening at age 50. This sent outrage through the medical community and the debate continues on today.

Goldfaden MD is donating 10% of all sales of Doctor’s Scrub during the month of October to Cancer and Careers. Donating to a BCA charity or supporting a company’s initiative is a great way to give back and help continue the fight against this disease. Running or walking in a 5k for BCA support is another wonderful way to give back and it is also go for you. Let’s all do our part to bring as much awareness to this disease- talk about this with other women in your life and encourage them to get screened! You may just save someone’s life.

No one wants to think about either one of these topics- cancer and age. Getting a Mammogram is one of the healthiest things a woman can do. Knowledge is always power but there are a lot of conflicting guidelines as to when a woman should start getting mammograms.

Common guidelines are at 40 years of age or earlier if an immediate family member (mom, sister or aunt) had breast cancer. However, in 2009 the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that women with an average risk of breast cancer start screening at age 50. This sent outrage through the medical community and the debate continues on today. Most recently being able to test for the Breast Cancer gene(BRCA), gives many women hope they did not have before.  For women who have immediate family members that had either Breast or Ovarian Cancer, there is a test for these genes. BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 are the genes known as tumor suppressors and when they mutate can cause ovarian and breast cancer. Made popular in the news recently by Angelina Jolie, who tested positive for the gene and decided to have a double mastectomy to ensure here health down the road.  Angelina’s mother died of Ovarian cancer. To some this may seem an extreme measure but to others who have watched loved ones fight, this may feel like empowerment knowing there is something they can do to protect themselves.

Of course this is a personal decision whether or not to get tested for the gene, if you are at risk, but you must get mammograms! Mammogramsaaa do not hurt and they take 10 minutes. If you are nearing 40, over 40 or have this terrible disease in your family, find your local clinic and do something that may save your life!