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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Understanding breast cancer is important to all women. That's why 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® is teaming up with the Cancer Research Institute as they work to find a cure.

Although breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women, over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in America today thanks to improved screening, more informed diagnoses, and better treatments. Support from the Cancer Research Institute has helped to make some of these treatment advances possible. Learn more about CRI's work to develop treatments that harness the immune system's power to conquer breast cancer.

Breast cancer symptoms vary widely —from lumps to swelling to skin changes—and many breast cancers have no obvious symptoms at all. Breastcancer.org , whose mission is to provide information and community to those touched by this disease, recommends that monthly breast self-exams be part of your regular health care routine, and you should visit your doctor if you experience breast changes. If you're over 40 or at a high risk for the disease, you should also have an annual mammogram and physical exam by a doctor.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM is supporting the fight against breast cancer by donating $10 from the purchase of each Pink Ribbon Bouquet® to the Cancer Research Institute. Hand-chosen from select floral farms, one dozen stunning, long-stem dark pink roses are picked at the peak of perfection and gathered into an elegant bouquet, reminiscent of the traditional pink ribbon symbol. It's a beautiful gift for a beautiful cause--the fight for life!

When a friend or loved one passes away, many people want to send funeral flowers as a symbol of their love and a show of heartfelt condolences to the family and other mourners at the service. The options for funeral flowers include: arrangements for the casket, standing arrangements such as floral crosses or wreaths, as well as smaller baskets or arrangements. However, etiquette dictates what type of arrangement is appropriate as not all funeral flowers should be sent by anyone.

Funeral Flower Etiquette at the Service

For the most part, flowers for the top or inside of the casket itself and large standing floral wreaths or sprays are generally sent only by the immediate family. The type of funeral flowers appropriate for friends or co-workers of the deceased are usually smaller standing sprays or flower baskets that can be displayed at the funeral service or at the home of the family.

Send Flowers to the Home of the Family

If you are not able to attend the funeral service, you can still send sympathy flowers to the family's home as all funeral flowers do not need to be at the service. The most common options for a sympathy gift to the home are a vase of beautiful flowers or a floral basket. Fruit baskets or gifts of gourmet food are also appreciated at the home of the family when they receive mourners.

Rely on the Experts

No matter what type of funeral flowers you need, the expert Sympathy Advisors at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® will be able to help you with selection and ordering, and they will arrange for delivery to the funeral service location or family home. All funeral flowers on 1-800-FLOWERS.COM are thoughtfully designed by their creative florists, and the designs include traditional flowers for the funeral service as well as more contemporary styles to have sent to the home of the family.

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