For the Cure

5 Ways to Shop and Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Think pink in October.

By Abby Ledoux October 9, 2019

On average, 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will face a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime, with a new diagnosis happening roughly every two minutes. An estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in American women this year alone, along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

There's progress, though: The American Cancer Society reports that breast cancer death rates declined 40 percent from 1989 to 2016, a massive improvement attributed to improvements in early detection.

Each October brings a fresh batch of pink products whose proceeds benefit breast cancer-related causes, from prevention to research to treatment. There's no shortage of ways to shop and support this year, but here are five of our favorites.

David Peck acrylic bags and pouches

$195 (acrylic bag) and $85 (pouch),

The local designer, who has seen cancer's impact first-hand on his own family, partnered with Komen Houston to create limited-edition accessories printed with "je suis femme," French for "I am woman"—a testament to feminine strength, Peck says—available through March 2020. For every two acrylic bags or five pouches sold, Komen Houston can provide a mammogram for an underinsured woman.

Pretty in Pink mani/pedi

$50 (manicure) and $70 (pedicure), Trellis Spa at The Houstonian

Bask in a 50-minute treatment for your hands or feet at the beloved local resort's luxe spa this month, when a portion of proceeds benefit Komen Houston. Begin with a warm soak followed by a revitalizing exfoliation, massage, and your choice of polish or buffing—plus, you'll leave with a complimentary pink nail polish as a parting gift.

Anything at Source Vitál Apothecary

1291 N Post Oak Rd. Suite 125;

Last October, the Houston-based natural skincare company allocated a portion of proceeds from its natural deodorant to the cause; this year, in hopes of increasing their overall donation and raising awareness of the need for early detection rather than their own product line, Source Vitál will donate $1 from every purchase to The Rose, the local non-profit dedicated to expanding access to breast health care.

Kendra Scott Breast Cancer Awareness Collection

$20–75, in-store and

The famously philanthropic Texas jeweler has invested over $793,000 in breast cancer research and support since 2016. This month, she created a limited-edition collection to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation: 20 percent of sales from four blush dichroic glass pieces in October will go toward Scott's BCRF research grant in honor of her close friend, Holley Rothell Kitchen. Plus, for every piece of the collection sold, Scott will gift another to a woman affected by cancer. Year-round, 50 percent of sales from the butterfly charm will also support BCRF.

Art of the Scarf Collection

$79.50, Talbots

Six internationally renowned female artists used 41-inch square silk scarves as a canvas, and the resulting limited-edition collection—on sale through October 31—will donate 20 percent of net proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Helpline, which provides on-demand support and information from specialists and oncology social workers to nearly 15,000 people a year.

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