Hi Dolls! I know that I am late getting to this post, but seven days remain in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m sure that like me, you’ve been personally touched in some way by this insidious disease. Annually, I blog about beauty, fashion and lifestyle products, that if purchased, support breast cancer research and awareness. Once again, some of our favorite brands have teamed to raise money for organizations like the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Look Good Feel Good and City of Hope. Peep the deets below on some of products that have gone pink for October. Also, take a moment while to learn some of the myths vs. truths about breast cancer.
And remember, giving is gorgeous!
The Breast Cancer Myth. Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.
The Truth. Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer. But if you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, it should never be ignored. It is very important that you see a physician for a clinical breast exam. He or she may possibly order breast imaging studies to determine if this lump is of concern or not.
Take charge of your health by performing routine breast self-exams, establishing ongoing communication with your doctor, getting an annual clinical breast exam, and scheduling your routine screening mammograms.
Crème de la Mer Breast Cancer Campaign
Now, until December 31st, in support of the Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, La Mer will donate $10 from the purchase price of this limited edition Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream 0.5oz with a maximum donation of $52,680, to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
The Breast Cancer Myth: If you are at risk for breast cancer, there is little you can do but watch for the signs.
The Truth. There’s a lot that women can do to lower their risk, including losing weight if they’re obese, getting regular exercise, lowering or eliminating alcohol consumption, being rigorous about examining their own breasts, and having regular clinical exams and mammograms. Quitting smoking wouldn’t hurt either.
Some high-risk women also chose to have a prophylactic mastectomy to decrease their risk by 90%. They can take other proactive steps such as having regular MRIs, exploring chemo prevention with treatments such as tamoxifen, and participating in clinical trials.
Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Illuminating Bronzing Powder Set
Created by Bobbi in support of the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign’s 25th anniversary, with every purchase Bobbi will donate $11 dollars to BCRF with a maximum donation of $90,000.
The Breast Cancer Myth: Breast cancer always comes in the form of a lump.
The Truth. A lump may indicate breast cancer (or one of many benign conditions), but women should also be on the alert for other kinds of changes that may be signs of cancers. These include swelling; skin irritation or dimpling; breast or nipple pain; nipple retraction (turning inward); redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin; or a discharge other than breast milk.
Breast cancer can also spread to underarm lymph nodes and cause swelling there before a tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt. On the other hand, a mammogram may pick up breast cancer that has not outward symptoms at all.
From the Breast Cancer Awareness collection, Forever 21 will donate $1 from the purchase of every item sold between now and October 30th. Proceeds will be donated to The Keep A Breast Foundation.
The Breast Cancer Myth. A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.
The Truth. A mammogram, or x-ray of the breast, currently remains the gold standard for the early detection of breast cancer. Breast compression, while getting a mammogram cannot cause cancer to spread. According to the National Cancer Institute, “The benefits of mammography, however early, always outweigh the potential harm from the radiation exposure. Mammograms require very small doses of radiation. The risk of harm from this radiation exposure is extremely low.
The standard recommendation is an annual mammographic screening for women beginning at age 40. Base your decision on your physician’s recommendation and be sure to discuss and remaining questions to concern you may have with your physician.
David Yurman Starburst Single-Station Cable Bracelet with Pink Sapphires, 3mm
During October 2017, David Yurman is donating 20% from the purchase price of this Starburst bracelet with pink sapphires to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The Breast Cancer Myth. Men do not get breast cancer; it affects women only.
The Truth. Quite the contrary, each year it is estimated that approximately 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 410 will die. While this percentage is still small, men should also check themselves periodically by doing a breast self-exam while in the shower and reporting any changes to their physicians.
Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola. Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment.
Clinique Great Skin, Great Cause Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, this luxurious formula is paired with a pink BCA key ring. $10 from each purchase is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure.
The Breast Cancer Myth. Drinking milk (or dairy) causes breast cancer.
The Truth. Several myths persist about the correlation between dairy intake and the increased risk of breast cancer. Over many decades, studies have shown that dairy consumption does not increase the risk of breast cancer.
Alex and Ani Spiral Sun Charm Bangle
Beginning in January and continuing through December 2017, ALEX AND ANI will donate 20% of the purchase price* from each Spiral Sun Charm sold, with a minimum donation of $25,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation whose charitable purpose is to fund the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer.
The Breast Cancer Myth. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you are likely to develop breast cancer, too.
The Truth. While women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. Statistically only about 10% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease.
If you have a first degree relative with breast cancer: If you have a mother, daughter, or sister who developed breast cancer below the age of 50, you should consider some form of regular diagnostic breast imaging starting 10 years before the age of your relative’s diagnosis.
If you have a second degree relative with breast cancer: If you have had a grandmother or aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk increases slightly, but it is not in the same risk category as those who have a first degree relative with breast cancer.
If you have multiple generations diagnosed with breast cancer on the same side of the family, or if there are several individuals who are first degree relatives to one another, or several family members diagnosed under age 50, the probability increases that there is a breast cancer gene contributing to the cause of this familial history.
We love a Beautyblender for everything from concealer and foundation application, to contouring. With a purchased of this blush-toned bubble, Beautyblendwr is donating 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale each to Look Good Feel Better.
The Breast Cancer Myth. Breast cancer is contagious.
The Truth. You cannot catch breast cancer or transfer it to someone else’s body. Breast cancer is the result of uncontrolled cell growth of mutated cells that begin to spread into other tissues within the breast. However, you can reduce your risk by practicing a healthy lifestyle, being aware of the risk factors, and following an early detection plan so that you will be diagnosed early if breast cancer were to occur.
Venus et Fleur Floral Arrangements
I have been obsessed with Venus et Fleur floral arrangements since I started seeing pics of them posted on IG. So unique and stunning, the gorgeous suede boxes are full of perfectly pink roses that live up to a full year — no watering required. Venus et Fleur is donating 20 percent of the proceeds on the sale of its pink-collection boxes for the month of October to breast cancer research at City of Hope.
The Breast Cancer Myth. If the gene mutation BRCA1 or BRCA2 is detected in your DNA, you will definitely develop breast cancer.
The Truth. According to the National Cancer Institute, regarding families who are known to carry BRCA1 or BRCA2, “not every woman in such families carries a harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, and not every cancer in such families is linked to a harmful mutation in one of these genes. Furthermore, not every woman who has a harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation will develop breast and/or ovarian cancer.But, a woman who has inherited a harmful mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 is about five times more likely to develop breast cancer than a woman who does not have such a mutation.” For people who discover they have the harmful mutation, there are various proactive measures that can be done to reduce risk. These include taking a hormonal therapy called Tamoxifen or deciding to take a surgical prevention approach which is to have bilateral prophylactic mastectomies, usually done with reconstruction. Most women will also have ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as well since there is no reliable screening test for the early stages of developing ovarian cancer.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water
To support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Smashbox dressed up their best-selling Photo Finish Primer Water with the iconic pink ribbon exclusively for the Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign. For every sale, Smashbox will donate $5 to BCRF.
The Breast Cancer Myth. Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer.
The Truth. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer.
Estée Lauder Pink Ribbon Knockout Eyes Gift Set
The most colorful way to support breast cancer research: a deluxe collection with shades and essentials for high-style eyes. Estée Lauder will donate 100% of each purchase of this product to the BCRF.
And some more fun goodies!
Bumble & Bumble Pink Ribbon Bb Thickening Spray Pre-Styler
When you buy the limited-edition pink ribbon spray, we’ll donate 20% to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
S’well x Swarovski Brilliance Jolie
Encrusted with over 6,000 pink Swarovski crystals and adorned with a white crystal Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon, the Brilliance bottle is the epitome of stunning. S’well is proud to contribute 100% of the net profits of this limited-edition bottle to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s mission.
I hope that Dolls will make a purchase of at least one product on the list!
Until then, keep sharing the pretty,