October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Every October, you see the familiar splashes of pink across the United States as we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, there are currently about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States. These survivors wouldn’t be where they are today without the increased awareness and advancements in treatment that come from events like Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
During the month, you can support breast cancer research and treatment by donating to foundations like Susan G. Komen or Avon. Both programs help fund research, as well as get mammograms to women who may not have insurance, through partners like Maternal & Family Health Services.
If you or someone you know needs a mammogram but can’t afford one, there are many organizations that can help. In Eastern Pennsylvania, Maternal & Family Health Services provides breast cancer screenings. If you live outside of our service area, the CDC website offers tools to help you find a program near you.
We encourage everyone to use this month as an opportunity to take charge of their health, and to remind those important to you to do the same. Become familiar with how your breasts normally look and feel through self exams, and get regular exams by a medical professional as well. Mammograms are the best tool for early detection.
For more information on getting a low cost or free mammogram, please call 1.877.MAMMO.4.U