Looking for a way to help fight breast cancer? Well, look no further. To conclude a special hour on breast-cancer awareness, "Today" invited SELF magazine editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger to share some fashionable ideas on what you can do to help. All year long you can shop, be pretty in pink and help fight breast cancer too. Here are her tips on how to spend your money so it counts:
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is almost over, can you still get these items and help benefit breast-cancer causes?
Yes! Breast cancer doesn't follow a calendar — we need year-round awareness. These special products make their debut in October, but are still available for the next several months. They make great holiday gifts, and are great conversation starters. Women need to remember that October isn't the only time to think about breast cancer.
There's been some controversy about "pink" products. Some people claim these companies just want to capitalize on the disease so they market products without really donating money to the cause.
Ever since SELF co-created the Pink Ribbon 12 years ago, there has definitely been an explosion in the marketplace. While some companies certainly do use the cause as an excuse to market their products, many, many companies use the cause as a way to connect with their consumers. And of course, women should capitalize on any and all reasons to start the conversation. Unbelievably, 40 percent of women who need mammograms still aren't getting them, so if a Pink Ribbon product convinces even one woman to get tested, it's worth it. Remember, early detection is still our best weapon.
We selected these products because the manufacturers have pledged the highest percentage of proceeds to one of the many worthy breast-cancer charities. SELF featured these and other products in our Breast Cancer Handbook:
Bowl of SELF Pink Ribbon Cards
"Pin one on anytime, not just for October"
Lilly Pulitzer for Ford "Tied to the Cause" Silk Scarf
Product available: Through holiday season Proceeds: 100 percent of net proceeds go to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Available at Lilly Pulitzer Signature Stores, Bloomingdale's, Bloomingdales.com and Komen.org Price: $35 Last year's scarf sales topped $1 million. They're aiming for $2 million this year.
Cartier Limited Edition Tank Divan Watch
Watch has apink mother-of-pearl dial and a wide pink-alligator strap.Product available: Still available in stores Proceeds: Cartier has made a generous donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in connection with the sale of this watch.Available at Cartier boutiques nationwide; for information call 1-800-Cartier.Price: $3,900
Target Pink Collection
Products available: Through December due to overwhelming responseProceeds: 100 percent of profits go to BCRFAvailable online at Target.com/breastcancer Bracelets: $1 per bracelet or a bag of 10 for $10 Umbrella: $12.99 French-terry zip hoodie: $19.99 Beaded coin purse: $9.99 This year, Target created a full line of exclusive pink products. They also set up a temporary retail space in Times Square for the collection.
Avon Celebrity Nailwear
Six celebrities created their own shades including Salma Hayek, Sharon Stone and Cybill Shepherd.Products available: Through the end of the year Proceeds: 80 percent of the purchase price goes to Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Available at avonfoundation.org or 800-FOR-AVON Price: $3
Estée Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Elizabeth Pink
The lipstick was named in honor of Elizabeth Hurley because of her support of the efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer and her dedication to raising funds to help find a cure. BCRF has raised nearly $100 million to date since their founding in 1993 by Evelyn Lauder.Products available: This is a permanent addition to the lineProceeds: 100 percent of net profits go to BCRFAvailable at Estée Lauder counters nationwide and at esteelauder.com.Price: $22
Keds Limited-Edition "Champion" Sneaker
These are Keds' classic sneakers in pink, with pink ribbons on the laces.Product available: Through December Proceeds: 100 percent of net proceeds go to BCRF Available on keds.com or in Keds retail stores Price: $29.99
Ralph Lauren Rainy Day Wellies
Product available: In stores beginning DecemberProceeds: 10 percent of proceeds go to Ralph Lauren's Pink Pony FundAvailable at Polo stores and polo.com
Marni Rocks Pink Cateye Necklace and Matching Earrings
Choker: Fifteen-inch necklace of dyed pink quartz and gold chain Earrings: Two-inch earrings of dyed pink quartz and gold chain Products available: Still available online Proceeds: 50 percent of proceeds go to M.D. Anderson Breast Center Available at marnierocks.comPrice: necklace, $275; earrings, $75
Burberry Water-Repellent Silk Trench
Burberry's special-edition trench is a vintage design in a new passion-pink color.Products available: Still available in stores Proceeds: 30 percent of retail sales go to BCRF Available at Burberry stores nationwide Price: $995