In case you haven’t noticed the preponderance of pink – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
To help raise awareness, baseball players wield pink bats, football players wear pink, thousands of men and women participate in fundraising walks, and health care organizations provide valuable information, such as our Kickoff to Better Health cancer awareness campaign.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women. The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 200,000 women and more than 2,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. The promising news is that most patients diagnosed with the disease at an early stage survive and continue to live normal lives, and a mammogram is an important tool for early detection.
It’s important to learn all you can about breast cancer – for you and those you love.
- Learn more about breast cancer risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments. The Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers Breast Oncology Program at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center provides compassionate care for breast cancer patients.
- Watch Dr. James Inglehart discuss recent advances in breast cancer treatment.
- Read more about breast cancer prevention and screening from our Brigham and Women’s Hospital experts. The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Comprehensive Breast Health Center provides a full range of services for the sophisticated assessment of breast disease.
- Learn more about mammography, a critical tool for the early detection of breast cancer. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Americans can now get mammograms and other preventive services at no cost.