National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of screening and the early detection of breast cancer.
About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women.
The good news? Many women can survive breast cancer if itâ€™s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early.
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 important steps women can take to stay healthy.
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 age 40 and older to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
- Talk with women ages 50 to 74 in your community about getting mammograms every 2 years.
How can I help spread the word?
Weâ€™ve made it easier for you to make a difference! This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:
Take action to increase awareness about breast cancer and breast cancer screenings.
- Display posters about breast cancer screening in your organizationâ€™s break room.
- Ask health professionals from your local hospital or clinic to share information about mammograms and early detection with your employees or members.
- Post materials about breast cancer screening at a local health fair.
- Partner with local womenâ€™s organizations, community groups, and senior centers to reach women age 40 and older with important information on breast cancer screening.
- Host a breast cancer walk with your organizationâ€™s members.
Adapted from the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Collaborating Organizations.
Contact the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Collaborating Organizations at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and materials.