Winning the Battle Against Breast Cancer

New treatments and preventive procedures are helping people beat the disease

years

  • Monthly breast self-examination (optional)
  • Age 40 and older:

    • Annual mammogram
    • Annual clinical breast examination
    • Monthly breast self-examination (optional)

    Resources

    • American Cancer Society: A nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy, and service. www.cancer.org; 800-ACS-2345
    • Susan G. Komen for the Cure: The world’s largest international grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all, and encourage the scientific community to work toward the cures. www.komen.org; 800-I’M-AWARE
    • Body & Soul – A Celebration of Healthy Eating and Living: A wellness program developed for African Americans through collaboration between the National Cancer Institute and churches. www.bodyandsoul.nih.gov
    • Look Good…Feel Better: A program designed to provide cosmetic offerings to women to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatment. www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org
    • National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program: Helps low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women gain access to breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services. Each state Department of Health office will have information on how to contact the nearest program participant. www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp
    • University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center: The Center for Research on Minority Health is a comprehensive investigative, educational, and outreach unit that focuses on decreasing the incidence and prevalence of morbidity and mortality in ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations. www.mdanderson.org/departments/CRMH
    • National Medical Association: The largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United States is committed to the elimination of health disparities and the promotion of healthy lifestyles among African Americans and other underserved populations. www.nmanet.org
    • American Holistic Health Association: A free and impartial nonprofit clearinghouse for wellness resources across the nation. www.ahha.org
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