October is designated National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in an effort to raise awareness of resources and events centered on breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and responsible for tens of thousands of deaths a year in the United States. The American Cancer Society recommends regular self-exams, and to schedule mammograms at 40 for those without a family history, so consult your doctor for the best timeframe for you.
If you or a loved one is diagnosed with Breast Cancer, the CDC has a guide on basic cancer symptoms, diagnosis and information that can help simplify a complex situation. This page from the American Cancer Association highlights different types of treatment options available. For breast cancer treatment and screening, the Susan G. Kormen Foundation has a list of local providers in SJ County. Locally, you can participate. And, if you are a survivor, undergoing treatment, family member of just concerned individual, there are fundraising efforts throughout the county, like Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk happening this year on October 22.