The White House issued a presidential proclamation Monday morning, in which President Barack Obama declared the month of October to be National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and encouraged “interested groups to join in activities that will increase awareness of what Americans can do to prevent breast cancer.”
According to the CDC In the United States in 2008, 210,203 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, and 40,589 women died from the disease. Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. CDC supports breast cancer surveillance and research, and provides free or low-cost mammograms to underserved women.
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.
Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NBCAM is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the year. To learn more about breast cancer, breast health, and the latest research developments see websites found on the NBCAM website.