National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. In addition, approximately 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s detected early.    

  • If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
  • If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.

Women should talk to a doctor about their risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member has had breast or ovarian cancer. In these cases, their physician can help determine when and how often to get mammograms.

Since awareness is one key to early detection, we believe it is important to share information on breast cancer during this National Health Observance.  Therefore, you will find a toolkit at https://healthfinder.gov/NHO/PDFs/OctoberNHOToolkit.pdf  that will guide you in providing information to employees during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.