Breast Awareness Month Information

Posted by Liz on October 1, 2013 in Interest, Local, Regional, Thoughts, World |



This October, WebPaws.NET is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women.


The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.


If you are age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.


Women ages 50 to 74 need mammograms every 2 years. You may choose to start getting mammograms earlier or to get them more often.


Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member has had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.


For more information, visit the following organizations.


NBCAM Collaborating Organizations

Consider visiting these sites to learn more about breast cancer, breast health, the latest research developments, awareness events, and patient resources. Read the organization’s descriptions and click on any of the websites below for more information.
American Cancer Society (ACS) is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), founded in 1951, is the nation’s leading group of professionals providing health care for women. With a membership of over 51,000 physicians, ACOG serves as a strong advocate for quality health care for women. It is a private, voluntary, nonprofit organization.


American College of Radiology (ACR) is a major national medical specialty association comprised of radiologists, radiation oncologists, and medical physicists. The College has grown from a group of 20 physicians meeting for the first time in 1923 to a 32,000 member service organization. The key objectives are to advance the science of radiology, improve the quality of care for patients, study the socio-economic aspects of radiologic practice, and promote improved and continuing medical education for radiologists and allied health workers.


The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 30,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. Cancer.Net brings the expertise and resources of ASCO to people living with cancer and those who care for and care about them. All the information and content on Cancer.Net was developed and approved by the cancer doctors who are members of ASCO, making Cancer.Net an up-to-date and trusted resource for cancer information on the Internet. Cancer.Net is supported by the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which is working to create a world free from the fear of cancer by funding breakthrough research, sharing knowledge with physicians and patients worldwide, and by supporting initiatives to ensure that all people have access to high-quality cancer care.


The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is an organization of women physicians, medical students, and other persons dedicated to serving as the unique voice for women’s health and the advancement of women in medicine. The organization was founded by Dr. Bertha VanHoosen in 1915 in Chicago, at a time when women physicians were an under-represented minority. As women in medicine increase in numbers, new problems and issues arise that were not anticipated. AMWA has been addressing these issues for 96 years.


AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, established in 1993, is a Delaware not-for-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) entity organized for charitable purposes, including to promote public awareness of health care issues, to promote public education of medical knowledge, and to support or contribute to charitable and qualified exempt organizations consistent with its charitable purpose. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided support to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month organization.


CancerCare helps individuals and families better cope with and manage the emotional and practical challenges arising from cancer. Our services — for patients, survivors, loved ones, caregivers, and the bereaved — include counseling and support groups, educational publications and workshops, and financial assistance. All of our services are provided by professional oncology social workers and are offered completely free of charge. To speak directly with a CancerCare social worker, call 1-800-813-HOPE (4673). Founded in 1944, CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that helps more than 100,000 individuals and families each year, and receives more than one million visits to our websites. Find out more about CancerCare by calling 1-800-813-HOPE (4673).


Men Against Breast Cancer (MABC), founded in 1999, is the first national non-profit to provide national support services to educate and empower men to be effective care givers, help men cope with the impact of a loved one’s breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and target and mobilize men to be active participants in the fight to eradicate breast cancer as a life threatening disease. Additionally, MABC offers various services such as the workshop “Partners in Survival” and the “For The Women We Love, A Breast Cancer Action Plan and Caregiver’s Guide For Men.” Also, learn about MABC’s Annual Caregiver’s Conference For Men. For more information on the services provided, please access the Web site.


National Medical Association (NMA), established in 1895, is the largest and oldest professional, educational and scientific organization representing the interests of African American physicians and their patients. Through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research, and its collaborative efforts with federal and private agencies and entities, the NMA is committed to improving the health status and outcomes of minorities and the underserved.


The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is a professional organization of more than 35,000 registered nurses and other health care professionals committed to excellence in oncology nursing and to leading the transformation of cancer care by initiating and actively supporting educational, legislative, and public awareness efforts to improve the care of people with cancer. ONS provides nurses and health care professionals with access to the highest quality educational programs, cancer care resources, research opportunities, and networks for peer support. Learn more at The Cancer Journey was created for patients and caregivers through the expertise and resources of ONS. Finding practical and reliable information to help guide health care decisions is a great challenge for patients with cancer and their caregivers.


Prevent Cancer Foundation is a national nonprofit health organization whose mission is the prevention of cancer through scientific research and education. Founded in 1985, the organization’s commitment is fueled by the fact that certain cancers are preventable through lifestyle changes and screening, yet more than 556,000 Americans are expected to die from the disease annually. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported research, education, and early detection and screening programs with nearly $60 million.


Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is a global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, Komen is working to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all, and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, and generous contributions from partners, sponsors, and fellow supporters, Komen has become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.


Additional Resources

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS runs the Medicare program, Medicaid program, and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) – three national health care programs that benefit over 80 million Americans. The mission of the CMS is to assure health security for beneficiaries.


National Cancer Institute (NCI), based in Bethesda, MD, is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Federal government’s lead agency for cancer research and education. NCI conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.


The information on this website does not substitute for a consultation or visit with your health care provider.



The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.


Since its inception more than 25 years ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. NBCAM recognizes that, although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. Today, we remain dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.


Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NBCAM is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the year. We encourage you to regularly visit these sites to learn more about breast cancer, breast health, and the latest research developments. Click on any of the websites below for more information.

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