October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

This October, health centers across the U.S. are proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

How can National Breast Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?

Health Centers can use this opportunity to spread the word about taking steps to detect breast cancer early.

Here are just a few ideas:

• Ask doctors and nurses to speak to women about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.
• Encourage women ages 40 to 49 to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
• Organize an event to talk with women ages 50 to 74 in your community about getting mammograms every 2 years.

How can my health center help spread the word?

1.    Display posters about breast cancer screening in your health center’s break room.
2.   Ask health professionals from your local hospital and primary care partners to share information about mammograms and early detection of breast cancer with your organization’s members.
3.   Distribute materials about breast cancer screening at a local health fair.
4.   Partner with local women’s organizations, community groups, and senior centers to share important information on breast cancer screening with women ages 40 and older.
5.   Host or participate in a breast cancer walk with your health center.

How can my health center help spread the word?

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Collaborating Organizations – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Sponsor
Breast Cancer – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mammograms – Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health
Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis – Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health
Breast Cancer Prevention – National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute
Breast Cancer Screening – National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute

Leave a Reply