234,580. 40,030.

234,580 cases. 10,490 women in Pennsylvania. 40,030 deaths. In 2013, these are the estimated numbers for those that will personally be affected by new cases of breast cancer. 1,660,290 new cases of cancer will emerge this year, as well.

October serves as the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). Although many organizations dedicate year-round efforts to the cause, the tenth month of the year brings the organizations together to propel the drive the similar mission of each group forward.

The 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.

The NBCAM has been around for over twenty-five years and, as stated on their website, “has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues…” Along with promoting awareness, NBCAM urges women to take more care of their breasts’ health. The wesbite also includes a list of additional organizations that, too, dedicate time to promoting the awareness of the consuming cancer.

One of the organizations listed is Susan G. Koman for the Cure. This organization started three decades ago as a promise Nancy made to her dying sister, Susan. Nancy promised Susan to dedicate her life to finding a way to end breast cancer forever. After thirty years, the organization is well on its way of fulfilling this promise. So far, Susan G. Koman for the Cure has dedicated nearly $2 billion to the fulfillment of this promise, according to Nancy G. Brinker, founder of the roganization. The site is a cornucopia of information, event details, message boards and blogs, support groups, merchandise, donor information, and more.

Although this cause deserves attention and resources year-round, the month of October is the time to truly get involved to put an end to the devastating and consuming disease. Holding an awareness event, creating a fundraiser, or even conducting monthly self-checks can help keep the alarming statistics from rising even higher. For more information about breast cancer or how you can help, please visit the links below or your family-preferred physician.

Sources Used: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-036845.pdf

http://www.nbcam.org/

http://ww5.komen.org/AboutUs/AboutUs.html

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