Breast Cancer Awareness

Fundraising for medical research has become an important element of raising disease awareness, and nowhere has it been more effective than for breast cancer. With the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which was established in 1982, millions of women and their families have been educated about  breast cancer treatment, prevention and support. Other efforts have been established around the world to help people learn more about the disease and how it can affect them, as well as to raise money for both research and treatment.

The latest statistics for breast cancer among Filipino women are grim: according to an article on, three out of every 100 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes. And breast cancer has surpassed lung cancer as the most common cancer in the country. Raising awareness, as well as funds, in the Philippines is critical to fighting breast cancer.

Tying a pink ribbon

Social causes haven’t always been as well-organized as they are now; while private foundations have been established over the decades to help eradicate various diseases, it wasn’t until the Pink Ribbon Foundation was established in the early 1990’s that a dedicated effort to fight breast cancer was made. With the help of founder and pink ribbon creator Evelyn Lauder, the trend became an icon of breast cancer awareness.

Donating a stamp at a time

And several countries have joined the fight against breast cancer by issuing postage stamps to help raise money for the fight against breast cancer. The U.S. issued its first breast cancer research stamp in 1988, which has sold approximately $75 million since they were introduced; the stamps cost a bit more, but the extra money is donated to breast cancer research. More than 15 other countries now issue the stamp, and citizens of the Philippines are lobbying their government to join. The Philippines was one of the first countries to offer a stamp that help raise money for medical research with its anti-tuberculosis stamp introduced in the 1950’s.

A world free of breast cancer

There are several risks and factors that lead to a woman developing breast cancer, and elements like heredity and environment are often out of a woman’s control. But efforts to teach women and their families about breast cancer include education about the risks and factors they can control—diet, exercise, and other chemical exposures—and how they can seek appropriate treatment. With the work of ordinary people and the research of the medical community, the world is closer to a cure than ever before.
Breast cancer has taken the lives of women all over the world, and while we’ve made progress toward helping women survive and live with the disease, there’s still more work to be done. It’s important that both men and women are aware of how breast cancer can affect them, and of what they can do to help make breast cancer a distant memory.

About Agnes Embile Jimenez

Agnes likes to think that she's a full-time BUM. She's currently doing the things she loves while maintaining a frugal lifestyle. This blog is all about her struggles to live a frugal life, her quest to see the world via budget traveling, and her love to share to other people (via blogging) everything that she is passionate about. Agnes does not absolutely conform to any beliefs or philosophies. Though she's writing about frugal living and is currently embracing the minimalist lifestyle, she doesn't want to define her existence based on these realities alone. For her, life is too diverse, too colorful, too mysterious. It would be a waste of experience (and time) to imprison herself to a few sets of ideas. Google+ | Twitter

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