Today marks the first day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's a yearly international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, and cure. When it comes to breast cancer prevention, early detection through monthly self-breast exams and annual mammograms for women over 40 is key. So take this as your friendly reminder to take charge of your breast health.
Knowledge really is power, and having access to facts and support when dealing with breast cancer is imperative, so check out these helpful links from well-known websites:
- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month organization (NBCAM): Info on early warning signs of breast cancer, male breast cancer, and current news articles about the disease
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Info on how to prevent breast cancer, different types of treatments, and a list of complimentary therapies
For more helpful links about breast cancer
- American Cancer Society: Info on every type of cancer and cancer facts and figures
- National Breast Cancer Foundation: Info to help you understand breast cancer if you've just been diagnosed, an explanation of the different stages of breast cancer, and also myths about breast cancer
- Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization: Offers support programs and services and a 24-hour Hotline