Each October the country takes on a pink tint from professional sports teams’ uniforms to shop window displays. It’s not just jumping the gun on Valentine’s Day or living in a Barbie dream world, instead we’re bringing awareness to breast cancer. For the past 30 years, every October is dedicated to educating on early symptoms, raising funds for research, and bringing hope to patients with this disease.
In honor of this month, Delysia Chocolatier has created a special Breast Cancer Awareness truffle collection. Each collection contains nine delicious dark chocolate truffles topped with the image of pink breast cancer awareness ribbons. For every box sold, Delysia Chocolatier will donate $5 to Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas. BCRC is a local Austin nonprofit dedicated to helping all Central Texans navigate this diagnosis free of charge. With a staff largely made up of breast cancer survivors, they not only are certified patient navigators, but also have the first hand knowledge to help turn fear and anxiety into hope.
According to the National Cancer Institute it is estimated that 12.3 percent of women in the United States will develop breast cancer during their lifetimes and in 2015, over 200,000 new cases will be diagnosed. Breast cancer is found in all types of people, even men, regardless of family history of the disease. With those odds, chances are good that you personally know at least one person who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
But a diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. Thanks to research and advancements in treatments, the death rates have decreased over the past decade. The best way to fight breast cancer is by detecting it early; early detection not only helps prevent spreading but also allows for the most treatment options. Regular medical exams as well as monthly breast self-exams are essential to detecting any changes or abnormalities, which should be reported to your health care provider. The key is to know your body and listen to what it is trying to tell you. Not every symptom means breast cancer, but it is always better to be safe.
These special Breast Cancer Awareness truffles make a great gift for someone who has won their fight and living cancer free, someone recently diagnosed, someone you want to send a gentle reminder to be vigilant in her early detection plan, or simply as a reward to yourself after completing your regular exam. You’re giving a delicious chocolate treat, donating to a worthy charity, and maybe even saving a life.