October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among U.S. women. According to statistics from the American Cancer Society, there will be an estimated 246,660 new new cases of breast cancer and 40,450 deaths from breast cancer in 2016.
The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. With more and more families facing this disease, it’s imperative to know the early warning signs of breast cancer and find out what you can do to help prevent the disease. Call your doctor immediately about any symptom that could be inflammatory breast cancer.
The latest breast cancer screening guidelines from the American Cancer Society recommends all women to begin having yearly mammograms by age 45, and can change to having mammograms every other year beginning at age 55. Women should have the choice to start screening with yearly mammograms as early as age 40 if they want to.
Breast Cancer Resources
Here are some helpful resources in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
American Cancer Society
A nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training.
National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC)
An organization dedicated to ending breast cancer through the power of action and advocacy.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)
A not-for-profit alliance of 27 of the world's leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education, is dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives.
National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF)
National Breast Cancer Foundation's mission is to provide help & hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, & support services.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
A Non-Profit organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease.
A leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer.
A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer.
The Breast Cancer Fund
The Breast Cancer Fund works to connect the dots between breast cancer and exposures to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environments.
Prevent Cancer Foundation
A non-profit foundation whose mission is to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection across all populations.