October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here's What You Can Do NOW

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means that we'll soon be inundated with pink ribbons and requests for donations to dozens of breast cancer charities. It can all feel overwhelming. But we've got six easy ways you can get involved.

Volunteer: Volunteer with the National Breast Cancer Foundation either in-person or as a virtual volunteer to help spread the message about early breast cancer detection.

Make Your Voice Heard: The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is a cancer advocacy network that promotes prevention and early detection of breast cancer. Joining the network is as easy as entering your email address, and that's not too hard, is it?

Walk: There's the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk, all aimed at raising funds for breast cancer research. You can do the walk alone, but it's even better when you walk with friends.

Donate: Donating is a quick and easy way to help out. But be smart about it. Check the reputation of the cancer charity you're supporting via Charity Navigator, which rates charities based on its transparency and accountability. Not all charities are created equal.

Start a Local Fundraiser: Get an event going in your local community — a bake sale, or crafting party, a benefit concert or art show — and donate the funds to breast cancer research.

Listen: Do you have a friend or family member who's a survivor? Be a friend. Listen, love them, and honor their struggle.