Let’s face it beauties, we love to shop. But with October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, why not spend our hard-earned dollars on products that will benefit research for the disease?
Breast cancer remains the most commonly-diagnosed form of cancer for African American women. Worse, our mortality rate is nearly twice as high as other races. Some of these disparities come from a lack of follow-ups with our physicians, as well as possible misunderstandings about key factors for treatment and prevention.
As BlackDoctor.org reports:
Black women have the highest death rates of all racial and ethnic groups and are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. The reasons for this difference result from many factors including having more aggressive cancers and fewer social and economic resources.” CDC also recommends that “after cancer is found, treatment should start as soon as possible.” Fewer black women receive the surgery, radiation, and hormone treatments needed than their white counterparts.
No matter which way we break it down, we absolutely need to raise awareness. But sometimes it can feel like there is no way for the average woman to help the cause without donating a huge amount of money, time or effort. Over the last few years, however, many of our favorite brands have made a way for women to help play their part in raising funds for research and prevention.
From clothing to housewares, there are many products you can purchase which will donate all or a portion of the proceeds. So check out our favorites in the gallery below.
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1. Bobbi Brown 'Breast Cancer Awareness – Peony' Blush & Brush Set
With every purchase of the Breast Cancer Awareness Peony set, Bobbi Brown will donate $12 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
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2. White House, Black Market Butterfly Umbrella, $35
Designed Lana Moes, the artist behind White House, Black Market's Give Hope Collection, this beautiful umbrella will keep you dry and looking chic. For every one sold, $20 goes to the charity Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
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3. White House, Black Market Butterfly Tee, $58
$40 of profits from this tee shirt, made of a super soft grey knit, will go to the charity Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
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4. 'Evelyn Lauder & Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink – Modern Muse' Solid Perfume Keychain, $44.50
100 percent of the proceeds of this limited edition keychain go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
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5. Limited Edition BCRF Pink HTC One® M9 Smartphone, $649
While this one is a little more pricey than the others, if you're in the market for a new smartphone, why not get one from a company donating more than $25K to charity? Get yours this month at HTC.com.
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6. Donald Robertson x Bloomingdales Crewneck Charitee Tee, $28
With each purchase of this design by famed illustrator Donald Robertson, $18 will be donated to BCRF — the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
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7. Shoedazzle Esmeralda Bootie, $49.95
When you purchase Esmeralda in Pink, 100% of the net proceeds will go directly to Susan G. Komen® Orange County.
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8. Longton Clutch, Shoedazzle.com, $45.95
If shoes aren't your thing, why not try the Longton in Rose Smoke, where 100% of the net proceeds will go directly to Susan G. Komen® Orange County.
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9. Faith Hope Komen Sweatshirt, $48
For $48, this adorable sweatshirt from the Komen foundation will keep you warm with a purpose. Available at ShopKomen.com
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10. Under Armour Hustle II Backpack, $69.99
Grab this one for yourself or one of the kids . Available at Amazon.com
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11. Ideology Plus Size Breast Cancer Awareness Graphic Leggings, $54.99
Available at Macy's, 10 percent of the proceeds of these plus size pants will go to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.
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12. Nike NFL Breast Cancer Awareness Legend T-Shirt, $30
Get your guy to show support in this men's t-shirt, available with NFL team logos. 100 percent of the profits of the t-shirt, sold at Macy's, will go to the American Cancer Society.
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13. Lane Bryant "Strength Is The New Black" Tee, $39.95
Ten percent of this shirt's profits will go to the American Cancer Society.
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14. NEST Fragrances NEST01-PS Classic Candle, Passion, $38
The PASSION Candle honors the memory and the extraordinary achievements of Evelyn H. Lauder, Founder of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 10 percent of proceeds go to the foundation. Buy it at Amazon.com or Saks Fifth Avenue.