October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so I thought I’d bring it to your attention. Breast cancer is a cancer that affects both men (although it’s rare) and women. It knows no age limit and I think it is something we all need to be aware of. There is a lot of information on this Web site to digest, so let’s get started!
In the center of the main page, you will find featured articles in the news, about events or even a helpful recipe. Also, to the right of those, you’ll find some helpful links to cancer hospitals, free information and more.
On the side menu, you will find all the rest of the navigation. To make it easier, they have broken it down into sections:
Patient Services – Here you will find information for the newly diagnosed, for survivors, you can learn how to read a pathology report, find support and much more. I fully recommend starting with the Breast Cancer Q & A in this section. There you will see, at a glance, what is and isn’t breast cancer, how it forms and you can learn about treatment options, risk factors and screening options.
Disease Information – In this section, you will learn about breast cancer in more depth. You’ll see different types listed, like Male Breast Cancer, Metastatic Breast Cancer, etc. You can also learn about Clinical Trials, Early Detection and Mammograms/Screening.
Dispelling the Myths is another good section to check out, because let’s face it, there’s a lot of false information out there and you should know what’s true and what isn’t. It specifically talks about the truth behind clinical trials.
How to Help – Do you want to join the fight against breast cancer? Well, this is where you can find out how you can take an active resolve to get the disease the attention it requires. This section talks about how you can help NBCAM (National Breast Cancer Awareness Month) as well.
About Us – Here you can learn more about NBCAM and check out their FAQs.
I try to do my part as well. Right now, I’m eating yogurt and saving the lids to send in. I tend to be more inclined to buy things where a portion of money goes to breast cancer research. I was really surprised by all the products (food) in my grocery store that were in pink labels and how those companies are donating money toward the research. It wasn’t like I had to go out of my way to buy them either. Most of them are products that would normally end up in my cart anyway!
But, you don’t have to spend money to help! You just have to educate yourself and your loved ones about breast cancer. If you’re a woman and over 40 years old, make sure you get your yearly mammogram. If you’re under 40, make sure you do self exams. I do every time I get out of the shower, because this is a disease where early detection helps and it could even save your life.
Please take care of yourselves!