3 Practical Ways You Can Help Raise Breast Cancer Awareness
Did you know that breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women? Raising breast cancer awareness is critical for helping with early detection, which can make treatment more effective and less complex than if the cancer is more advanced. Take a look at three practical ways that you can raise breast cancer awareness:
Educate yourself. It starts with you, of course. Attend a seminar or class, read a book about breast cancer prevention and ask your doctor to show you how to do an effective self breast exam. Your doctor may also provide access to easy resources like a pamphlet that gives you the warning signs of breast cancer.
Encourage your family and friends to get a check-up. Many women put off their annual gynecological exam, but it’s an important step in the prevention of breast cancer. If you have a family member or friend that’s reluctant to get a mammogram, try suggesting that the two of you go together and then grab lunch at a fun restaurant after the exam.
Get the word out. When you come across a great article or an instructional video about breast cancer detection or about the prevention of cancer, share it on social media. You might be helping someone learn new information that wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to it.
YWCA St. Joseph ENCOREplus Program
At YWCA St. Joseph, breast cancer awareness is the center of ENCOREplus, which provides free education and resources throughout Northwest Missouri. ENCOREplus also helps women connect with financial assistance and transportation for mammograms.
The focus of the program is helping women take an active role in their own health maintenance and care, with an emphasis on good breast health and the early detection of breast cancer. Some of the services provided by ENCOREplus include:
- Free group and one-on-one educational sessions for at-risk women through community and church groups, workplaces and other organizations.
- Resources for locating mammograms, including access to financial assistance and transportation.
- Free gift for those who receive their mammogram and then contact the YWCA St. Joseph office
Last year, more than 2,000 women increased their breast cancer awareness through the resources of the ENCOREplus program. In addition to these educational opportunities and mammograms, ENCOREplus also raises awareness in the community through special events, both during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and throughout the year.
To volunteer with ENCOREplus or to learn more about the programs of YWCA St. Joseph, contact us today.