Sometimes it can be difficult to know how to make a difference when it comes to something as overwhelming as cancer.
The numbers alone can make some shrug their shoulders and question whether they can even make their impact felt.
After all, more than 1.5 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year with more than 500,000 people dying from the disease annually, according to the American Cancer Society. About 250,000 of those new cases, and 40,000 of the deaths, are from breast cancer.
Need some perspective with those numbers? One in four deaths are cancer related. There is a reason the disease is commonly referred to as "The Big C" after all.
But there are plenty of ways anyone can lend a hand and help raise awareness or funding in the fight against breast cancer. Read on to find five simple ways you could begin doing so today ...
No. 5: Make your own pink ribbon lapel pin
Sometimes even the smallest of actions can have big impacts. While what you wear on you lapel probably won't change the world, every little bit helps, as the saying goes.
With that in mind, the American Cancer Society offers up a simple way even the sewing and craft impaired can make their own pink ribbon lapel pin.
The organization suggests making pins for not only yourself, but also friends and family to help spread awareness of the fight against breast cancer. While Breast Cancer Awareness month ends with October, the pins can be worn all year round for even greater impact.
The pink ribbons honor survivors, remember those lost to breast cancer, and support the progress being made daily in the fight against the disease.
All you need to make your own pin, as seem in the American Cancer Society's instructions, is a piece of pink ribbon and a safety pin. And even the safety pin isn't necessary if you have some glue and double-sided tape.
Once you are done, maybe it's time for a walk?
No. 4: Participate in fundraising walk or run
October may be ground zero for fundraising efforts in the fight against breast cancer, but there are plenty of other events that take place year round.
One of the leaders when it comes to raising awareness and funds is Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization. The organization runs 3-Day for the Cure walks, in which participants walk 60 miles in three days, camping out along the way.
In order to participate in the event, walkers must raise $2,300 in donations.
The organization also runs the Race for the Cure, a series of 5K runs and fitness walks. The effort started in 1983 and has grown from one race with 800 people in Dallas to a global series of more than 140 races with 1.6 million people on four continents.
Net proceeds from both series of events fund innovative global breast cancer research and local community programs supporting education, screening and treatment.
After your walk, it's time to hit the store ...
No. 3: Buy pink products
If you've been in a store lately, you've likely seen the pink products pledging a portion of their proceeds toward finding a cure for breast cancer.
From your morning cup of coffee to your afternoon snack of yogurt, the things you buy every day can benefit breast cancer charities.