Media Mondays: October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. NBCAM is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease. Together, they raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

Since the program began in 1985, mammography rates have more than doubled for women age 50 and older and breast cancer deaths have declined. This is exciting progress, but there are still women who do not take advantage of early detection at all and others who do not get screening mammograms and clinical breast exams at regular intervals.

• Women age 65 and older are less likely to get mammograms than younger women, even though breast cancer risk increases with age.
• Hispanic women have fewer mammograms than Caucasian women and African American women.
• Women below poverty level are less likely than women at higher incomes to have had a mammogram within the past two years.
Mammography use has increased for all groups except American Indians and Alaska Natives.

“If all women age 40 and older took advantage of early detection methods – mammography plus clinical breast exam – breast cancer death rates would drop much further, up to 30 percent,” says {insert name and affiliation of local expert}.

“The key to mammography screening is that it be done routinely – once is not enough.”
 For more information about NBCAM, please visit http://www.nbcam.org. For additional information, please call one of the following toll-free numbers: American Cancer Society,

(800) 227-2345, National Cancer Institute (NCI), (800) 4-CANCER, Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, (800) 221-2141.

Cancer holds a special place in my heart. For those who are new to cancer, I reach out to you. For those of you who are family members supporting someone with cancer, my heart goes to you. It is not an easy thing to live with nor is it an easy thing to witness.

Here are some books for fighting back.

Promise Me: How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book (A Merloyd Lawrence Book) Breast Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do The Breast Cancer Field Manual: A Guide for Young Women, their Families, and Friends Breast Cancer Clear & Simple

Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer by Nancy G Brinker | Three Rivers Press
Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book by Susan M Love, Karen Lindsey | Da Capo Lifelong Books
Breast Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do by Greg Anderson | Conari Press
The Breast Cancer Field Manual: A Guide for Young Women, their Families, and Friends by Allison Barrie, Monica Morrow | Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Breast Cancer Clear & Simple by American Cancer Society | American Cancer Society

Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors Cancer Is a Bitch: Or, I'd Rather Be Having a Midlife Crisis Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor's Soul: Stories to Inspire, Support and Heal (Chicken Soup for the Soul) I Am Not My Breast Cancer: Women Talk Openly About Love and Sex, Hair Loss and Weight Gain, Mothers and Daughters, and Being a Woman with Breast Cancer Previvors

Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors by Barbara Delinsky | Atria Books
Cancer Is a Bitch: Or, I’d Rather Be Having a Midlife Crisis by Gail Konop Baker | Da Capo Press
Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul: Stories to Inspire, Support and Heal by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen | HCI
I Am Not My Breast Cancer: Women Talk Openly About Love and Sex, Hair Loss and Weight Gain, Mothers and Daughters, and Being a Woman with Breast Cancer by Ruth Peltason | Harper Paperbacks
Previvors by Dina Roth Port | Penguin Group USA

One thought on “Media Mondays: October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  1. i know someone who’s mom was just diagnosed. i’m going to have to check out these books and get one for her. thanks!

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