Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to help raise awareness, promote education and research about breast cancer.  Unfortunately, we all probably know someone who has been affected by the disease.  According to, one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life.  Of course this also means that there is a 7 out of 8 chance she will never have the disease.  Breast cancer awareness month hopes to increase the awareness of the need for regular mammograms, self-exams and screenings. Early detection of breast cancer is important to the treatment, as breast cancer is easier to treat in the initial stages.  October is the time to remind your friends and family members to schedule their mammograms!

There are a lot of good resources out there to assist women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and resources to help their friends, families and care givers as well.  Below are just a few of those resources.

Online Resources

National Breast Cancer Foundation

American Cancer Society

Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa

Cancer Support Community

Breast Cancer Now



Bald is better with earrings : A Survivor’s Guide to Getting Through Breast Cancer / Andrea Hutton (eBook)

A Breast Cancer Alphabet (2014) / Madhulika Sikka (DB79029)

Breast cancer surgery and reconstruction:  what’s right for you / Patricia Anstett : with photography by Kathleen Galligan (eBook)

Dr. Susan Love’s breast book (2015) : sixth edition / Susan M. Love, M.D. ; with Elizabeth Love and Karen Lindsey (DB82608)

Had I known : a memoir of survival / Joan Lunden (DB83028)

How not to die : discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease / Michael Greger and Gene Stone (eBook)

John Hopkins Patients’ Guide to Breast Cancer (2010) / Lillie D. Shockney (DB69983)

John Hopkins Patients’ Guide to Breast Cancer (2010) / Lillie D. Shockney (BR18558)

The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book (2012) / Lynne C. Hartmann (DB75600)

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