LAS VEGAS - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means people will have numerous opportunities to donate to causes claiming to support breast cancer research. But, not all causes are created equal.
Just because something is pink and says a portion of the proceeds go to breast cancer research, that doesn't mean you are donating to a cause that may be near and dear to your heart.
According to the Better Business Bureau, pink packaging (and a real or implied tie to breast cancer charities) comes on products such as socks, cereal, lint rollers or water bottles.
Pink ribbons can pop up just about anywhere and on anything. Some pink-labeled products, however, provide very little benefits to charities.
If you are unsure if your purchase helps fund breast cancer research, look up the business and/or product on the Better Business Bureau website. The Better Business Bureau provides ratings and breakdowns of how much of the proceeds go to charity.
Meanwhile, the Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Red Rock Radiology at Mountain View Hospital are offering discounted mammograms for the uninsured or underinsured.
During the month of October, their digital screening mammograms are $75. To participate, you must be at least 40 years old. Call the location you want to go to for an appointment.