October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What You Need to Know and How You Can Help

Thanks to earlier detection –through screening and increased awareness— and better treatments, a woman’s risk of dying of breast dropped 38 percent between the late 1980s and 2014, translating into 297,300 fewer breast cancer deaths during that time.

However, there’s much more to be done. Breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Only lung cancer kills more women each year. And there remains a large racial gap in mortality, with African-American women having 42 percent higher death rates compared to whites. The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 37 (about 2.7 percent).

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The Facts:

The American Cancer Society‘s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2017 are:

  • About 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 63,410 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,610 women will die from breast cancer.
  • While black and white women get breast cancer at roughly the same rate, black women are more likely to die from it.

At this time, there are more than 3.1 million people with a history of breast cancer in the United States. (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.)

Risk factors:

  • Limited but accumulating research indicates that smoking may slightly increase breast cancer risk, particularly long-term, heavy smoking and among women who start smoking before their first pregnancy.
  • Obesity increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. Risk is about 1.5 times higher in overweight women and about 2 times higher in obese women than in lean women.
  • Growing evidence suggests that women who get regular physical activity have a 10%-25% lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who are inactive, with stronger evidence for postmenopausal than premenopausal women.
  • Numerous studies have confirmed that alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer in women by about 7%-10% for each one drink of alcohol consumed per day on average. Women who have 2-3 alcoholic drinks per day have a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer compared to non-drinkers.

What You Can Do to Help

From investing in research, providing free rides to treatment, giving insurance advice and providing a free place to stay during chemotherapy, the American Cancer Society is attacking cancer from every angle. If you or someone you love is concerned about developing breast cancer, have been recently diagnosed, are going through treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society can help you find the answers you need.

Get Involved and help save lives from breast cancer: Fundraise and participate in one of more than 250 Making Strides events or participate virtually at makingstrideswalk.org.

Take action with The American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and help make fighting breast cancer a national priority at acscan.org/makingstrides

Macy’s Thinks Pink to Support the Battle Against Breast Cancer

In Honor Of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Join In The Fight For A Cure With Powerful Pink Pieces Benefitting The Cause

This October, Macy’s continues to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, inviting customers to give back through an inspiring campaign that shines light on awareness while using fashion to fundraise for a disease that affects women, men and families everywhere. From Macy’s online Pink Shop featuring fashion, home and pet merchandise from an array of great brands, including a limited-edition necklace created by Macy’s employees, to the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation’s Pink Pony bracelets, a portion of each purchase price will benefit charities that are working to eliminate the disease.macys logo

Breast cancer awareness has long been an important cause for Macy’s, which we continue to support alongside our generous customers, employees and partners working collaboratively to make a difference,” said Holly Thomas, Macy’s group vice president of cause marketing. “We are inspired by their generosity and are deeply grateful for the funds and awareness raised toward the fight against breast cancer.”

Pink Shop at macys.com

Beginning Sept. 25, Macy’s online “Pink Shop” at www.macys.com/pink offers a curated selection of fashion for men, women, children and pets, in addition to items for the home. The shop will also include special pink merchandise created for Macy’s from Charter Club, Ideology and Thalia Sodi, in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

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Macy’s supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month with powerful pink pieces that benefit the cause; ID Ideology BCRF Family Strong Collection; macys.com/pink (Photo: Business Wire)

Bold graphics and inspirational messages of strength will be featured on ID Ideology’s BCRF Family Strong Collection. The limited-edition items raise awareness for the cause through motivational phrases for men, women, girls and pets, as well as signature items such as leggings and hoodies. In tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness month, Ideology also made a $100,000 donation to BCRF, regardless of sales.

Cozy sleepwear and robes featuring the iconic pink ribbon will be available for a limited time from Charter Club at Macy’s. Ten percent of the purchase price from each soft and inviting piece will benefit BCRF through Dec. 31, 2017.

Courageous messages of hope emblazon two new tees from Thalia Sodi’s Breast Cancer Research Foundation Tee Collection. Macy’s will donate 10 percent of the retail price from these motivational pieces to BCRF through Oct. 31, 2017.

BCRF Necklace

The Macy’s family also includes many associates who have been touched by this disease, and to honor those brave battles, Macy’s will be releasing a limited-edition heart pink ribbon necklace created and inspired by the uplifting story of three employees who have been personally impacted by breast cancer. A portion of sales from this delicate sterling silver and pink sapphire pendant will support BCRF.

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Macy’s supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month with powerful pink pieces that benefit the cause; limited-edition sterling silver and pink sapphire necklace $99; http://www.macys.com/pink  (Photo: Business Wire

I had the piece created for myself to always remember and appreciate those friends and family members who are so generous when you are going through treatment,” said Tracie Manick, vice president store manager at Macy’s Manhattan Village in Manhattan Beach, California. “The design was inspired by two friends who were there for me through the entire ordeal of surgery and treatment. Brandi Galimi, a Macy’s district merchant, was diagnosed with breast cancer eight months before I was. She and her sister, Jill Pan, also a vice president store manager at Macy’s, had tattoos in the shape of the heart with the ribbon to remember. In honor of their kindness, their tattoos became my inspiration for the pendant.”

This moving piece featuring sterling silver and pink sapphires will be available in select stores and on macys.com for $99. In honor of all supporters, Macy’s will donate $10 from the sale of each necklace to BCRF through Dec. 1, 2017. Continue reading

Dillard’s Offers Exclusive Southern Living Christmas Cookbook to Benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities

Dillard’s, Inc. is pleased to further its commitment to Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) and their goal to keep families of ill children close to each other and the medical care they need with Dillard’s 24th annual holiday fundraiser. Since 1994, Dillard’s has supported RMHC in strengthening families during difficult times with a fundraiser benefiting its Ronald McDonald House® program.

For the tenth time, Dillard’s is offering a special custom edition of the Southern Living Christmas Cookbook to benefit RMHC. This exclusive hardbound cookbook is filled with more than 280 pages with over 175 all-new recipes, as well as decorating ideas for Christmas plus seasonal gatherings. This “can’t-miss” cookbook is available for only $10.

The Southern Living Christmas Cookbook benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities and is available exclusively at Dillard's

Photo Credit: The Southern Living Christmas Cookbook benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities and is available exclusively at Dillard’s. (Photo: Business Wire)

Now in its 24th year of support, Dillard’s has raised more than $13.6 million to benefit RMHC. “Our continued relationship with RMHC gives all of us at Dillard’s an enormous sense of pride. We look forward to another successful fundraiser this year and are honored to support the Ronald McDonald Houses in our communities,” said Denise Mahaffy, senior vice president of Dillard’s.

Our Ronald McDonald Houses provide families much more than a place to stay while their children are receiving treatment at nearby hospitals,” said Sheila Musolino, president and CEO of RMHC. “Through the generous support of donors like Dillard’s, RMHC is able to provide a supportive environment so families can focus on the care of their child, rather than where they’ll sleep at night or how they’ll find the time to make a nourishing meal. With ongoing support, RMHC provides sick children with what they need the most – the comfort and love of their families.

The cookbooks are available now in all Dillard’s stores nationwide, as well as online at www.dillards.com. Profits from the sale of the cookbooks will benefit Ronald McDonald Houses operated by local RMHC Chapters in Dillard’s markets.