Get Involved: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month or Breast Health Awareness. The campaign serves to bring a national focus on the risks of breast cancer by raising awareness and talking about screening and treatment. We see pink ribbons and awareness campaigns in the strangest of places today. NFL football is taking this on as are some NASCAR racers and women’s groups across the country.

About the Circle

Although breast cancer continues to impact people from all backgrounds, there are significant differences within the mortality rates among racial groups. During the early 1980s, breast cancer death rates for white and African American women were about equal, but during 2001-2005 African American women had a 37 percent higher death rate.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Circle of Promise has pledged to do our part to ensure that African American women are empowered with the information and tools they need to take charge of their own health and serve as ambassadors in their local communities. The Circle of Promise movement is designed to engage African American women to help end breast cancer forever by fostering increased awareness, support, empowerment and action.

Whether you’re on the itty-bitty committee, spilling out of your D-cup, or somewhere in between, it’s important to be able to distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to breast cancer myths. Thousands of black women die unnecessarily from breast cancer each year because they are uninformed. Just because your momma didn’t have breast cancer, that doesn’t mean you won’t. Or does it? Certain deodorants don’t really increase your chances of getting breast cancer. Or do they? Put your knowledge to the test by taking this short breast cancer quiz. What you don’t know, can hurt you.

For more information, please visit:    Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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