October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • Breast Cancer is the 2nd most common death among African American women, surpassed only by lung cancer.
  • White women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, however in women under 45 years breast cancer is more common in African American women.
  • Breast cancer is most often found in women, but men can get breast cancer too. About 1 out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the United States is found in a man.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early, and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.


  • National Cancer Institute (NCI):
    Information about free or low-cost mammogram screening programs is available through NCl’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-422-6237.
  • The American Cancer Society:
    The American Cancer Society (ACS) provides resource lists for free or low-cost mammograms and financial assistance based on your location.
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF):
    N BCF is dedicated to delivering comprehensive, educational information on breast health and healthy living. From understanding the importance of early detection to knowing how to prepare for a mammogram, NBCF’s online resources and guides aim to empower women and men with useful information.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):


Detecting & Living with Breast Cancer for Dummies (For Dummies [Lifestyle]) – Illustrated, August 28, 2017:
By Marshalee George (Author), Kimlin Tam Ashing (Author)
Your trusted, no-nonsense guide to detecting and managing breast cancer.

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