Breast Cancer Awareness Month is upon us. October is not only about the leaves changing colors and getting your children’s costumes ready for Halloween. October is also known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to informing people and families that have not been hit by breast cancer.

If you have never had breast cancer and do not know any friends or family members that have gone through this disease, October may be the perfect month to learn more about breast cancer and its risks.

Recently, the actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced that she was diagnosed with breast cancer, according to The New York Times. So even if you’ve never met anyone close to you with the disease, you’ve likely seen Louis-Dreyfus in her famous roles on Seinfeld and Veep.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus quickly pointed toward the importance of cancer research and the need for universal healthcare in the United States. While she has access to world-famous breast cancer treatment, other women are not always so lucky.

The actress received countless warm wishes from her fans, celebrities, and even the former Vice President. Both Louis-Dreyfus and her son thanked all for the support, according to the publication Today.

Other celebrities have also been diagnosed with breast cancer in the past including Christina Applegate, Rita Wilson, Wanda Sykes, Sheryl Crow, and Suzanne Somers, according to Everyday Health.

This clearly shows that breast cancer can hit anyone including famous actresses and celebrities. This is why it is so important during the month of October to learn more about this disease and find ways to reduce your risk of receiving this devastating diagnosis.

While reducing cancer risk and becoming more aware about the importance of checking your breasts for lumps on a monthly basis is very important, obtaining the treatment and diagnostics necessary to save one’s life needs to be more accessible and affordable for women of all backgrounds, according to reporter Meredith Carroll of The Week.

Many women in the United States still do not know where to go to get an affordable breast cancer screening or may not have the healthcare coverage necessary to be diagnosed in a timely manner.

Even the cost of a mammogram can grow as high as $600 for a woman without health insurance coverage. Further testing such as biopsies, ultrasounds, and MRIs can cost even more.

If you want to help during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, make sure to spread the word to cancer patients that there are other options for them.

There are ways to cover the high costs of their treatment and diagnostics. Cancer.org provides plenty of information about government programs and charities that can help breast cancer patients.

If cancer treatment is being administered far from home, the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® program provides lodging for family and cancer patients. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can help cancer patients in need of funds for nutrition. Meals on Wheels is another option.

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) can help provide grants for low-income families dealing with cancer pay for food, housing, medical supplies not covered by Medicaid, and more.

Carroll also outlined how Breast Cancer Awareness Month often leads major organizations and private companies to raise funds for breast cancer research. However, reporters have found that much of this money does not go directly to scientists looking to cure breast cancer.

For example, ESPN calculated that, for every $100 spent on pink NFL products, only $8.01 of that ends up in the hands of researchers looking to put an end to breast cancer.

So this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, consider donating to a charity that guarantees all of your money will go toward breast cancer prevention research. At the Breast Health & Healing Foundation, all of your money will go toward research on the breast cancer virus and the breast cancer vaccine.

Click here to learn more about the breast cancer virus.

Click here to learn more about the breast cancer vaccine.

And if you’d like to donate to the Breast Health & Healing Foundation, click here.   

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