Saturday, October 27, 2007

October -- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

On September 28, 2007, President George W. Bush proclaimed October 2007 as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). Beginning as a weeklong campaign program in 1985, NBCAM is dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer. For this period, the American Cancer Society along with other national public service organizations--either professional or government--have all joined together, spreading the message that early detection of breast cancer followed with prompt and proper treatment can save lives.

Do you know how often you should get a mammogram? Should both men and women get tested? Is there an increase of breast cancer among men?

The San Francisco Public Library has a variety of resources and materials on breast cancer. Here are some newsletters and magazines on the subject: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society, The CBHP Report: the Newsletter of the Community Breast Health Project, Mamm, Source/Breast Cancer Action, and Saber Es Poder (Spanish version of Breast Cancer Action).

You can find articles on the subject of breast cancer by visiting the library’s Web site and selecting Articles & Databases. You will need a San Francisco Public Library card to access the databases from outside the library.

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