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Resources for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by on October 10th, 2018 Posted in: Consumer Health


Breast cancer affects 1 in every 8 women during their lives, and is the second most common kind of cancer in women. No one knows why some women get breast cancer, but there are many risk factors. Risks that you cannot change include:

  • Age – the risk rises as you get older.
  • Genes – two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, greatly increase the risk. Women who have family members with breast or ovarian cancer may wish to be tested for the genes.
  • Personal factors – beginning periods before age 12 or going through menopause after age 55.

For the month of October, help save lives in your community by sharing quality health information resources related to breast cancer.

  • MedlinePlus offers a very thorough introduction to breast cancer in both English and Spanish.
  • You can also learn more about breast cancer screening, prevention, and treatment from the National Cancer Institute.
  • The National Breast Cancer Foundation is offering free digital copies of their Know the Symptoms guide in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
  • Check out the FDA’s quick Q&A on mammograms.
  • HealthFinder.gov has a Breast Cancer Awareness Month toolkit, including sample tweets, newsletters, and web badges that you can use to spread awareness via your website or social media.
  • The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Center of Excellence for Transgender Health has some great information on breast cancer screening for transgender women and transgender men.

Is your library or organization hosting a talk on breast cancer or organizing an awareness event? Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

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Hannah Sinemus is the Technology Liaison for the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR). Although she updates the MAR web pages, blog, newsletter and social media, Hannah is not the sole author of this content. If you have questions about a MARquee or MAReport posting, please contact the Middle Atlantic Region directly at nnlmmar@pitt.edu.

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