In Recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Anna Hennings | NursingLink
October 04, 2010
Through the hype and overwhelming media presence about the looming election, you may have noticed the pink-colored promotions invading your favorite retailers, the Internet, perhaps even your pet food. Moving in alongside the debates, the news headlines and the black-and-orange is an October of richly hued pink, in celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
A message from NBCAM.org:
“Twenty-three years in the making, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been dedicated to increasing awareness of breast cancer issues, especially the importance of early detection. NBCAM has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. Many strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, but even more still needs to be accomplished. We are focused on encouraging women to take charge of their own breast health, by practicing regular self-breast exams, making sure to schedule an annual mammogram, adhering to prescribed treatment and knowing the facts about recurrence.”
Pink ribbons, pink products, “pink partners” and other fundraising and awareness techniques are everywhere. If you’re considering doing some serious retail therapy this month, portions of your purchase might as well go to a good cause, right? Aside from shopping to show your support, one of the absolute best things you can do is educate yourself.
Below is a list (that is by no means exhaustive) of useful links where you can read guides to prevention, learn how you can become involved to support the cause, and everything in between.
About.com’s guide will allow you to browse an assortment of articles, including a step-by-step guide on how to do a breast self-exam, everything you need to know about mammograms, how you can decrease your risk by exercising, etc. It will help you get the facts on breast cancer that you want and need.
Our mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health. A minimum of 85 cents of every dollar donated goes to research and awareness programs.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation mission is to save lives by increasing awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need. NBCF accomplishes this mission through our initiatives, such as the National Mammography Program (NMP), Beyond the Shock educational video, MyNBCF online community, and the Early Detection Plan. NBCF programs provide women help for today and hope for tomorrow.
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.