October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there's a way for just about everyone to celebrate survivors, raise awareness, or back efforts to find a cure. In addition to sporting bright pink ribbons and participating in breast cancer walks, you can also donate to breast cancer research groups to show your support. And this doesn't just go for October — you can get involved in these efforts year-round.
As the nonprofit BreastCancer.org pointed out, one in eight U.S. women will be diagnosed with breastcancer in their lifetime. Of those diagnosed, 41,000 women and 500 men are predicted to die of breast cancer each year. But progress is being made. According to the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, cancer-related deaths have dropped by an average of 1.9% each year over the past decade. And a lot of that has to do with research and technological advancements that have led to early detection, more accurate screening, and increased treatment options.
The research that has gone toward improving treatment and prevention is made possible not just through government funding, but also through donations from other people and organizations. Hundreds of millions of dollars are raised to provide better research and find a cure for breast cancer each year, according to the American Cancer Society — and you can be one of the people who helps fight for that cure. So if you want to make a difference, here are six breast cancer research organizations you can donate to: