Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month on September, 2019: What monthmothes are cancer awarnes mothes?
September, 2019 is Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month 2019. Leukemia&Lymphoma Society We're Accelerating Cures to Save More Lives. Join In & Donate Now!
January Cervical Health Awareness Month
March National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
May Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
June National Cancer Survivors Day
September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Novermber Lung Cancer Awareness Month National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
You know how for each month, it is known as "...Awareness Month"? What is each month?
KICK BUTT DAY
Tobacco Free Program for kids
Cancer Awareness Week
World NO Tobacco Day
Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Healthy Lung Month
Why does it seem like breast cancer awareness is given a higher priority?
Several decades ago women were less open about having breast cancer in part because it was considered to affect a more private part of the body, and there was a lack of societal awareness of the disease. In the early1980s Nancy Brinker established the Susan G Komen for the Cure foundation in memory of her sister who died from breast cancer at an unusually young age (36), and became an outspoken advocate for breast cancer. She organized volunteers to help her cause, and over time their efforts along with their donors grew. It now has over 120 affiliates around the world and numerous sponsor affiliates. The organization has since been criticized for their proliferation of marketing and the use of its funds, but it can be credited for *helping* (it cannot have sole credit) to make a cancer that was once rarely publicly discussed extremely well-known. Breast cancer awareness didn't just happen; there was a concentrated, decades-long effort.
There are awareness campaigns for numerous other types of cancer, but they haven't yet garnered as much attention or as many corporate sponsors with deep pockets. Komen (somewhat controversially) partnered with major companies like GE, 3M, and Old Navy to have the pink ribbon on everything from blenders to Post It notes, to tee shirts to "promote" breast cancer awareness. In reality, only a small percentage of the proceeds from those products go to breast cancer research. Other organizations have started to build momentum. "Movember," for example, has steadily gained more participants and publicity. It's a month-long awareness and fundraising campaign for prostate cancer and other diseases that primarily affect men. Guys grow out mustaches during the month (kinda as their version of the pink ribbon) and organize fundraisers. My college campus as well as numerous others were very involved. My boyfriend's entire fraternity grew out mustaches and had two well-attended fundraising events that month that each raised several thousand dollars. More celebrities and corporate sponsors have become involved, so I imagine that in the future it will have wider attention.
Consider small ways you could do your part to fundraise and promote awareness for the cancers that have affected your loved ones. No, you're not going to be able to get a ribbon for neuroblastoma awareness put on a toaster, but you don't need to do that anyway. You can in your own way do something. One of the reasons I joined a sorority was to belong to an organization of intelligent women who could help me raise awareness for Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a type of cancer I was diagnosed with at 16. We had two fundraising and awareness events last year, and have two more planned for this year in addition to participating in four marathons that fundraise for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. There were over 100 girls and supporters from my college who ran in the Nike's Women Marathon in San Francisco last fall to fundraise for the LLS, and next month two busses of us are going to LA to run in the LA Marathon. We've been training and fundraising for months. Check the "Team in Training" link below to see if there are any runs or other events in your area that you might like to participate in.