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Breast Cancer Awareness Month


During the month of October, a collaboration of professional medical associations, national public service organizations and government agencies partnering under the rubric of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) are banding together to raise awareness about this most common form of cancer among women, to share information about the disease, and to provide greater access to services.


While NBCAM recognizes that great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, the partnership warns that there is still much to do. The partnership has been working to educate and empower women to take charge of their own breast health for the past 29 years.


With the current state of medical science, the five-year survival rate for women diagnosed before their cancer has spread beyond the breast is nearly 99 percent. To find the cancer before it spreads, however, it is crucial for women to perform breast self-exams and, after the age of 40, to schedule annual mammograms. As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October 18 is further recognized as National Mammography Day.


For a full list of NBCAM’s 12 collaborating organizations and information about screenings in your area, visit the NBCAM website. Many of these organizations gratefully accept donations.