October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), and every year, charities raise funds for research so we’re one step closer in finding a cure, the cause of, how to prevent, and how to accurately treat breast cancer. According to the non-profit Breastcancer.org, about one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime, and about 40,610 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2017 from breast cancer alone. Genetics, age, and just being a woman are factors that can lead to breast cancer, but those who smoke and live unhealthy lifestyles are at a higher risk of developing it, too.
On the bright side, breast cancer has been on a slow decline. Breastcancer.org reports that the rates for breast cancer incidences have been decreasing since 2000, and from 2002 to 2003 it decreased 7 percent alone. Researchers believe it was caused by the reduced usage of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after a study was published by Women’s Health Initiative that proposed a link between the two.
In efforts to eradicate breast cancer completely, the spa community is giving back by donating a portion of its funds, adding treatments to menus for breast cancer patients, creating gift boxes, and much more. Here are a few in the community that are joining the fight for a cure:
CV Skinlabs – CV Skinlabs is supporting the breast cancer awareness campaign this month with the CV Skinlabs Mind Body + Spirit Box. This gift box includes a guided meditation CD, the book When Cancer Hits, and some CV Skinlabs products that are attentive to help soothe and repair sensitive skin from cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy. 10 percent of the proceeds of these gift boxes will go towards the Breast Cancer Fund, too.
Elke Von Freudenberg – For the month of October, Elke Von Freudenberg will have “believe in pink” limited edition day and night lip glazes for purchase. 100 percent of every lip-gloss purchase will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Mirbeau Inn & Spa – Mirbeau Inn & Spa locations are featuring a package for two people called the “Perfectly Pink Getaway” that includes a $100 dining credit, $200 in spa credit, and luxurious overnight accommodations for one night only. For every “Perfectly Pink Getaway” package purchased in October, Mirbeau will donate a spa treatment to their partner organizations that are dedicated to breast cancer recovery and awareness.
Comfort Care Classics at SiSpa – The SiSpa staff at Palm Beach Marriot Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa and Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Resort & Spa were trained to specifically perform spa treatments for those who are recovering from or are undergoing cancer treatments. SiSpa offers “Comfort Care Classic” treatments, including a mani-pedi, facial, a Dilo body wrap, Reiki sessions, a full-body massage with light-medium pressure, and more. Also, for the entire month of October, SiSpa at Marriott Singer Island will be donating 10 percent of proceeds from the “Comfort Care Classic” treatment to the American Cancer Society.
The Spa at One Ocean Resort & Spa – On November 6, The Spa at One Ocean Resort & Spa will be giving free healing gifts for those battling cancer. With a physicians note, any cancer patient will be able to receive an Ocean Mist Facial, a Signature One Ocean Massage, or a Beachcomber Manicure or Pedicure.
The Four Seasons Spa & Fitness Center Houston – During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Four Seasons Spa & Fitness Center in Houston, Texas will be offering “pink treatments.” These treatments include the Polished Pink Pedicure ($75, 50 minutes) where you can soak your feet in a pink-infused milk bath, receive a pink salt scrub, and finish with a pink polish; Pampered Pink Massage ($140, 50 minutes) which is a rejuvenating massage treatment to leave you calm and balanced; and the Polished Pink Body Scrub ($140, 50 minutes) which uses a jasmine-infused sugar scrub to polish away dry skin. 20 percent of each treatment will go towards Four Season’s Houston’s local cancer hospital.
The Chatwal New York – The Chatwal in New York City is featuring a breast cancer awareness package during October. Guests who choose the Join the Fight package will receive two tickets to the Museum of Modern Art or the Central Park Zoo, a welcome cocktail called ‘One in Eight,’ pink themed welcome treats, and $100 in spa credit at the Red Door Spa or a Pinktober manicure and pedicure. 10 percent of proceeds from this package will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Vegamour – Vegamour is partnering with the Cancer Couch Foundation to raise funds for cancer research. This month they’re donating $5 to Cancer Couch for every Vegamour Beauty Box sale. Vegamour creates completely natural, hormone-free, and vegan lash/brow enhancing products that are essential for women trying to regrow their hair after chemotherapy and radiation.
Chanmaya – The global yoga brand rooted in Dubai, Chanmaya, is spreading breast cancer awareness through their charity yoga towel which launched in September. 50 percent of the proceeds will be going towards Brest Friends in partnership with the Al Jalila Foundation. Designed by Chanmaya’s favorite Venezuelan artist, the towel features a bright pink ribbon and a woman surrounded by butterflies.
Innovative Skincare – Over a decade ago, Innovative Skincare launched the iS Cancer Care Program at the Washington Cancer Institute. This program has a selection of Innovative Skincare and iS Clinical products designed to treat the unique skincare for cancer patients, and goes year-round to support those with cancer all the time. iS Clinical will be donating 100 percent of sales for the Poly-Vitamin Serum to the National Breast Cancer Coalition this month, too. .
Conrad Macao, Cotai Central – Conrad Macao, Cotai Central has partnered with the International Ladies Club of Macao for the fourth consecutive year to host a charity lunch as part of the hotel’s 2017 “PINK Inspired” October campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. This year the lunch event raised over MOP 84,000 (approximately $10,453) for the campaign thanks to the support of major retail sponsors such as Longines, T Galleria by DFS, Gold Elements, Véuve Clicquot, Élévatione Time Stops, Tuscan’s, Ofee, Vine Vera, APM Monaco, Furla, Anteprima and Luv & Bart.
Though the cure for breast cancer has yet to be found, every donation from the spa community puts us one step forward in finding one.
Want to know more about National Breast Cancer Month? Visit the official website.