There's more to October than Halloween candy and pumpkin spice drinks, as the prevalence of pink ribbons prove. It's also breast cancer awareness month. And as these empowering quotes for breast cancer awareness month demonstrate, people are more dedicated than ever to supporting the cause. If you or a loved one is struggling with this diagnosis, remember that you aren't alone.
The current facts about breast cancer are pretty serious. In fact, 1 out of 8 women in the United States will get diagnosed with breast cancer within her lifetime, and it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Chances are very high that you or someone in your life has been affected by this diagnosis, so you know how frightening it can be.
Thankfully, there is also a tremendous amount of support available for everyone touched by breast cancer. Plenty of media figures, from actresses to sports stars, have used their influence to raise support for this cause. It can happen to anyone, but so many people are working to make this diagnosis less frightening than ever before. Read on for some truly inspiring words about cancer from people who have been there, too.
1. "We aren't alone in the world. And we're more alike than not. We all live through some sort of burden or pain, and we are all beautiful, no matter what." - Dana Donofree
After being diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma at the age of 27, Dana Donofree founded AnaOno, a lingerie line for women who have had breast surgery or a mastectomy. She turned her experience with cancer into an opportunity to help other women feel comfortable and beautiful.
2. "One important thing to know is you’re still the same person during it. I’m more eager than ever to do what I did. I want to do everything." — Kylie Minogue
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, Minogue has been open and candid about her experiences with surgery and chemotherapy, as noted in The Independent.
3. "Breast cancer is being detected at an earlier, more treatable stage these days, largely because women are taking more preventive measures, like self-exams and regular mammograms. And treatment is getting better too." — Elizabeth Hurley
Hurley has worked to raise awareness about breast cancer in her role as the global ambassador for Estee Lauder’s Pink Ribbon campaign, as noted in The Irish Examiner.
4. "I started realizing I could be an example for women to not just be aware of breast cancer but to act on it, to make an appointment, to give themselves an exam."— Giuliana Rancic
Now cancer-free for five years, Giuliana Rancic underwent a double mastectomy, as noted in Shape. She's spent a lot of time and effort advocating breast cancer awareness in the meantime.
5. "I think the common thread is that no patient can or should go through breast cancer alone. Those who are surrounded by supportive family, friends and caregivers who specialize in breast cancer often show the greatest results when it comes to survivorship." — Robin Roberts
6. "There can be life after breast cancer. The prerequisite is early detection." — Ann Jillian
Likewise, Ann Jillian advocates early detection as well. Getting examined regularly is so crucial.
7. "Breast cancer, whether I like it or not, is part of my family's story. That's why I am so passionate about raising awareness, because I have seen firsthand how it can impact others." — DeAngelo Williams
8. "Women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer can learn a tremendous amount from women who have already been treated." — Anne Wojcicki
23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki also advocates support for those with breast cancer. Early diagnosis is so crucial.
9. "Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today." — National Breast Cancer Foundation
One of the most inspiring quotes is a simple statement of fact. Thanks to increased awareness, early detection, and improved treatment options, death rates from breast cancer have been in decline since approximately 1990, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. All this awareness and support appears to be paying off in a very real and positive way, and hopefully that trend continues into the future.