October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
How can National Breast Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?
We can use this opportunity to spread the word about steps women can take 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.
- Women ages 50 to 74 should get a mammogram every 2 year or according to your doctor’s recommendation.
- Stay up to date on cancer screening guidelines (website below).
- Know your family’s history of breast cancer and tell your doctor.
- Save The Date: FCP Tribal members and their families can attend Community Health’s Breast Cancer Awareness Event on Wednesday, October 24th from 4-6PM in the HWC Lower Large Conference Room. Come play BINGO and other games to learn more about cancer. Plus, there will be snacks and prizes! Come check out this event!
Cancer Resources/Additional Information:
- Cancer Helpline: 1-800-227-2345
- American Cancer Society: https://www.cancer.org/healthy.html#
- Cancer Screening Guidelines: https://www.cancer.org/healthy/find-cancer-early/cancer-screening-guidelines.html
- Treatment and Support: https://www.cancer.org/treatment.html
- Genetics and Cancer: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/genetics.html