Saying that cancer sucks is the understatement of the century. We have all lost loved ones and friends to this disease. I am always searching for ways to honor the memory of those we lost to cancer, and their battle inspires me to raise awareness every single time I can. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I will be wearing more pink than usual (to my daughter’s delight), and I will be showing extra love to those companies that are funding research to allow more women (and men) to survive this disease.
Breast cancer is the fifth cause of death among women in the U.S., and although the American Cancer Society says in its latest report that ninety-five percent of new cases and 97 percent of breast cancer deaths occurred in women 40 years of age and older, I know too many women diagnosed in their thirties. Some have survived, while others are sorely missed by their children, parents, friends and grandchildren.
Do you want to be a part of Breast Cancer Awareness month? Aside from taking care of yourself, here’s something really easy you can do. Many companies are offering ways to give back while purchasing products you love. Here are 11 beauty products you can buy and help raise money for breast cancer research.
11 Beauty Products That Raise Money For Breast Cancer Research
Plumped Up Pink Chubby Stick 1 of 11To help raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Clinique has created a limited-edition shade of its #1 selling lip product: Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm. This special edition Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm will come in a beautiful pink color, Plumped Up Pink, and $3 from every sale of this limited-edition Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. Photo: Clinique
Bumble and bumble Spray de Mode Hairspray 2 of 11
Aveda Hand Relief 3 of 11
La Mer The Hand Treatment 4 of 11
Lab Series Skincare Daily Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15 5 of 11Lab Series Skincare for Men will donate 20% of the suggested retail price ($40) from the sale of each Daily Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Set Illuminating Bronzing Powder & Mini Face Blender Brush 6 of 11
Estée Lauder Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection 7 of 11This lip-loving duo offers a full-size Pure Color Lipstick in Candy, a shade chosen by Evelyn Lauder, a Pure Color Gloss in Pink Innocence, chosen by Elizabeth Hurley, featured in a chic pink snakeskin- printed clutch. The Gloss is decorated with the 2012 Pink Ribbon design with a touch of blue to represent the approximately 1% of all breast cancer cases in the United States that are diagnosed in men. EstÃ©e Lauder will donate 20% of the suggested retail price from every sale of the Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. Photo: EstÃ©e Lauder
Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment 8 of 11
Origins Make A Difference & Peace of Mind® 9 of 11
Coach Poppy Lipgloss Set 10 of 11
Donna Karan Cashmere Mist EDP Spray 11 of 11Donna Karan Cosmetics will donate 20% of the suggested retail price ($98) from every sale of the Donna Karan Cashmere Mist EDP Spray 100 ml to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.
Take care of yourself: early detection is key
Since we are talking about breast cancer, here are 8 simple things you can do to take care of your health:
- Examine your breasts regularly, and report any changes to your physician.
- See your doctor regularly for breast exams in your 20s and 30s.
- Get an annual mammogram if you are 40 years and older or earlier if you are high risk. Are you worried about the cost? The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) offers free or low-cost mammograms. Find out if you qualify.
- Make friends with vegetables and fruits. Their fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients can help.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight means extra risk.
- Limit your alcohol intake, and toast to a healthier life.
- Do not smoke, and quit if you do.
- Work out, often. To reduce your risk of breast cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends 45 to 60 minutes of intentional physical activity 5 or more days a week.
For more information visit the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
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