October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. About 1 in 8 women born in the United States today will get breast cancer.
But millions of women are surviving the disease, thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 with the goal of promoting mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.
The pink ribbon became the symbol for breast cancer awareness in 1991, when the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors.
A number of national, international and local organizations actively fighting breast cancer by helping women get tested to find breast cancer earlier, helping them understand their treatment options and cope with the physical and emotional side effects, and raising funds for research to help prevent, find, and treat breast cancer.
Locally, the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation raises funds for breast cancer research. The Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and raised funds and awareness last weekend on its annual walk. Visit http://www.tbbcf.org for more information about local efforts to raise breast cancer awareness.