This year's Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign from Estée Lauder is about taking action, writes Ayesha Muttucumaru
To date, the Estée Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness campaign has raised more than $48 million to support global research, education and medical services, and this year’s “Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer. We’re Stronger Together” campaign looks set to take the cause one step further.
Originally launched over twenty years ago by the late Evelyn H. Lauder, co-creator of the Pink Ribbon and founder of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the brand has always been at the helm of new and innovative ways of spreading the message. This year proves to be no different thanks to the launch of Circles of Strength - a website dedicated to encouraging men and women to join together and help raise awareness of breast cancer worldwide. Visitors to the site are encouraged to create their own ‘circle’ of Facebook friends and draw strength from each other by creating a united Breast Cancer pledge. Individual circles can:
- Agree to see their doctor regularly and get an annual mammogram if age 40 and older
- Make healthy lifestyle changes
- Join together and raise funds for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) — a donation of $50 at BCAcampaign.com represents approximately one hour of lifesaving research and goes directly to BCRF. Each $250,000 raised fully supports a BCRF research project for one year.
Primary aims of the campaign include raising $5 million to support breast cancer research, education, medical services and research worldwide, encourage people to take specific actions aimed at preventing and eradicating the disease and the support of initiatives to lessen the stigma and deepen awareness globally too.
Evelyn H. Lauder, co-creator of the Pink Ribbon and founder of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
People are also encouraged to donate any amount they can to BCRF , where funds have previously been used to increase standards in care. This includes the introduction of programmes such as the launch of an early-phase breast cancer vaccine trial, improved ways to assess risk in young girls from families with multiple cases of breast cancer and a weight loss program with early-stage breast cancer and a weight-loss program with early-stage breast cancer patients to help prevent reoccurrence or metastasis.
According to Elizabeth Hurley, Estée Lauder Spokesmodel and Global Ambassador for The BCA Campaign, “It is important that we join together to encourage women to keep talking about this among themselves and with their doctors. We support the American Cancer Society’s recommendation that women 40 years and older see their doctors regularly and get a mammogram every year. As Evelyn used to say, “Knowledge is power,” and I believe that knowledge includes knowing your own body as well as the facts about maintaining good health and preventing illness. It’s why I am dedicated to spreading awareness around the world.
Ellizabeth Hurley, Estée Lauder Spokesmodel and Global Ambassador for The BCA Campaign
“On a personal level, it is extremely rewarding to work on The BCA Campaign, and I know that my grandmother would be very proud to see me carry out Evelyn’s mission by serving as a voice for breast health and early detection.”
We are also currently coveting The Evelyn Lauder Dream Collection – three pink-inspired beauty essentials (plus a limited edition Advanced Night Repair) of which a percentage of the RRP is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Elizabeth Hurley commented, “There have been so many beautiful shades of pink over the years but I am especially excited about this year’s Estée Lauder Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection (£28). It’s a full-size Pure Color Lipstick in Rubellite and a limited-edition Pure Color Sheer RollerGloss in Hot Pink. This wonderful lip combination comes in a very stylish two-toned pink clutch that is perfect to carry anywhere you go. And I’m proud to say that Estée Lauder will donate 20% of the suggested retail price from every sale of the Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection to BCRF to support research to find a cure in the not too distant future.”
Building on the campaign’s emphasis of adopting healthy living habits, BCRF has also released a range of simple lifestyle changes created by the American Cancer Society to aid early detection and optimise overall health. The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the greater the chance of survival:
KNOW YOUR BODY
- Examine your breasts regularly, and report any changes to your physician.
- See your doctor regularly for breast exams in your 20s and 30s.
- Get an annual mammogram if you are 40 years and older, or earlier if you are high risk.
- Make friends with fruits and vegetables. Their fibre, antioxidants and other nutrients can help you keep a balanced diet.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight means extra risk.
- Limit your alcohol intake, and toast to a healthier life.
- Do not smoke, and quit if you do.
- Focus on fitness. To reduce your risk of breast cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends 45 to 60 minutes of intentional physical activity five or more days a week.
With awareness shifted to action this year, a push for social participation on all interactive platforms, support from a range of different agencies and the support of the vast number of Estée Lauder companies, the message is clear - the need to think pink this month is greater than ever. According to William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies and son of Evelyn Lauder, “Over the past twenty years, The BCA Campaign has made significant progress in bringing awareness to breast cancer and the fear that once surrounded the disease is being replaced by hope and inspiration. This year, we feel it is vitally important that we encourage people to move beyond awareness by taking actions that we know can help save lives. My mother, Evelyn H. Lauder, believed that no one can defeat breast cancer alone – this spirit of unity is at the heart of our Campaign as we bring people together across the globe to defeat this disease.”
He adds, “I think that my mother would be very proud to know that this is an effort that lives beyond her. She would want us to fight just as hard as she did to prevent breast cancer from destroying any more lives, and I intend to do just that.”
Follow the campaign on Twitter @BCAcampaign, on Instagram @BCAcampaign, #BCAstrength and on Facebook at Facebook.com/BCAcampaign
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