October is upon us, which means that it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The fight to end breast cancer can sometimes feel like an eternal one that no amount of research or funding can end. And it's not over yet—according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and statistics from the National Cancer Institute indicate that nearly 40,000 women die from breast cancer or complications from breast cancer annually. But there are ways you can make a difference, either in your life or in the lives of others around you. Read on if you're looking for ways to raise awareness about breast cancer or to prevent it from happening to you:
Learn how to perform a breast self-exam: Knowing what looks and feels normal to you could help you to determine when something doesn't look normal and when you should go to the doctor.
Shop for a good cause: Find out which fun and healthy products help to fight breast cancer here.
Find out which celebrities have beat the disease and how they're raising awareness: Numerous celebrities, such as Edie Falco, Cynthia Nixon and Sheryl Crow have all beat the disease and are using their fame to raise awareness and inspire others.
Check out Pilates for Pink: Get fit and give back to the community by joining SHAPE and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for Pilates for Pink on October 2 in Union Square North in N.Y.
Check your stress levels: A recent study suggests that stress may play a role in breast cancer. Find out more here.