Monday, October 1, 2007

October - National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

During the next 31 days the organizations and members of the Board of Sponsors for the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) program will team up to spread the message, "EARLY DETECTION FOLLOWED BY PROMPT TREATMENT SAVES LIVES."

The American Cancer Society recommends the following for early detection:
  • Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.

  • Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of a periodic health exam by a health professional preferably every 3 years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year.

  • The Breast Self-Examination is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should be told about the benefits and limitations of BSE. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.
Members of the Board of Sponsors: