Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings opportunity to join the fight

Breast cancer mortality and incidence rates have been declining, but this disease still brings devastating loss — on average, a woman in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer every 2.3 minutes. During October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re highlighting the importance of getting involved in the battle against breast cancer.

Whether that means participating in a fundraiser, performing a self exam, or supporting a loved one, it’s up to each of us to spread awareness and promote early detection to help those rates continue to decline.

That’s why SECURA joined the fight. We’re in the midst of our fourth annual One by One campaign to raise funds for breast cancer research. From Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, 2012, we’re donating $10 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) for every new SECURA MILE-STONE® home and auto policy we issue.

There are countless ways for anyone to get involved this month and year round. Here are just a few of the options:

Run, walk, or bike for a cure. Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising can help lower your risk of breast cancer. Double your impact by exercising as part of a fundraising event. Find an event near you or get ideas for hosting your own event.

Set up your appointment. According to the BCRF, yearly mammograms are recommended beginning at age 40. Whether it’s Walk-In Wednesday or Mammogram Monday, many medical centers offer walk-in appointments to make it easier for women to get their annual mammograms. Check with your local hospital or clinic to see when they offer screenings. Women also are encouraged to perform self-exams.

Share your story. Tell others how breast cancer has impacted your life or the life of a loved one to promote greater awareness. Share your story here.

Or, leave a comment to tell us about other ways to join the fight against breast cancer.