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    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Posted by Jean Oneil on Oct 3, 2012 10:00:35 AM

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

    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.

    • For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
    • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
    • Early detection is the best way to fight breast cancer and having an early detection plan can help you detect the disease in its early stages.

    There are many online resources to help raise awareness, but few provide women with more resources than the National Breast Cancer Foundation.  One of their newest online tools is their Early Detection Plan. An Early Detection Plan for Breast Cancer helps you to be proactive about your health by reminding you to perform routine breast self-exams, and to schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms, depending on your age and health history.

    From the organization's website, you can create your own plan or download the handy mobile app:


    Whether you're a newly diagnosed patient, survivor, or loved one of someone suffering from breast cancer, Jones & Bartlett Learning has a vast selection of patient education resources to help answer your questions and alleviate your concerns.

    100 Questions & Answers About Advanced & Metastatic Breast Cancer
    100 Questions & Answers About Triple Negative Breast Cancer
    100 Questions & Answers About Breast Cancer Sensuality, Sexuality and Intimacy

    To view all of our patient resources, visit the Patient Education & Self Help section of the Jones & Bartlett Learning website.

    Topics: oncology, patient education, Breast Cancer, Disease, Early Detection Plan, lung cancer, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, breast exams, mammograms, patient education

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