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MamaResources: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month so we’ve gathered links to screening info, support and fundraising opportunities.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS LINKS
Covering Early Detection, Symptoms, Support, and more.

Susan G. Komen Foundation
“Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.” You can also get details on the Komen Race for the Cure.

National Breast Cancer Foundation
Provides educational programs and funds free mammograms to women who can’t afford them. Subscribe to their newsletter, research breast cancer, find local events, or donate.

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
The mission of the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade is to raise funds and awareness for advancing access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer, with a focus on the medically underserved. Find out how to donate, buy a product, or get involved through this website. Learn more about the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer U.S. or the Avon Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon Shop
The Pink Ribbon Shop is your one-stop shop for pink ribbon items! They carry a unique line of breast cancer awareness pink ribbon products: New Balance and Isotoner pink ribbon products, scrapbooking items, car magnets, band bracelets, pens, paper, post-it notes, hats, temporary tattoos, cell phone accessories, breast cancer books, umbrellas, shirts, socks, gifts, jewelry, necklaces, bracelets, silver charms, earrings, pink ribbon pins, stained glass, sun catchers, water bottles, cups, mugs, ornaments, bears, and more!

Breast Cancer.Org
Everything you need to know about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, side effects, day-to-day matters, how to lower your risk and community resources. Meet medical experts, join community boards, donate and receive email updates.

Official National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Website
This site is dedicated to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month—it is jam packed with information for current patients of breast cancer, disease research (everything you need to know about breast cancer), how to help and events. Find local activities and awareness events.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT SITES & ORGANIZATIONS

American Cancer Society: Breast Cancer Information
A detailed guide from the American Cancer Society about Breast Cancer. Includes risk factors, prevention, early detection, treatment options, and talking to your doctor.

Reach to Recovery®
This program, facilitated by trained volunteers who are breast cancer survivors, helps newly diagnosed breast cancer patients cope with their disease by providing emotional support and information. The survivor-volunteers can also remind newly diagnosed patients about the importance of continuing to get their annual mammograms following treatment for the disease.

Look Good…Feel Better®
This free, national public service program is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Personal Care Products Council (formerly the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, or CTFA), and the National Cosmetology Association. Look Good…Feel Better is dedicated to teaching female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during cancer treatments. Services include two-hour group makeover workshops and one-on-one salon consultations. The program also provides educational materials.

Tender Loving Care®
“tlc”™ is a “magalog” (magazine and catalog in one) that provides medical information and special products for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, breast cancer survivors, and any woman experiencing treatment-related hair loss. This convenient, nationwide catalog is sent directly to homes upon request. Products in “tlc” include a variety of hats, turbans, kerchiefs, hairpieces, mastectomy bras, and breast forms. Silicone prostheses are also offered.

I Can Cope®
This series of educational classes is for people with cancer and their families and friends. Doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals provide information about cancer, encouragement, and practical hints through presentations and class discussions.

Breast Cancer Survivorship Forum
Life in Balance: Join breast cancer patients, survivors and supporters for an informative, friendly and invigorating conference.

LOCAL EVENTS FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer®
This nationwide series of noncompetitive walking events is designed to raise funds and awareness to fight breast cancer. In 2006, more than 450,000 walkers across the country raised more than $40 million to help the American Cancer Society fight this disease.

Relay For Life®
This unique community event celebrates survivorship and raises money for cancer-fighting programs. Teams of eight to 15 people camp out overnight at a local stadium, park, or fairground and take turns walking around a track or path for 12 to 24 hours. The event usually begins with a survivor lap in which cancer survivors take a victory lap around the track. Later, a candlelight ceremony is held to honor cancer survivors and remember those lost to the disease. Relay For Life events are held in more than 4,800 communities across the country.

Susan G. Comen Race for the Cure
The Komen Race for the Cure Series raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Breast Cancer 3-Day
Bring your energy, your passion, your stories, your humor and your fashion sense to the Breast Cancer 3-Day! More than just 60 miles over a long weekend, the Breast Cancer 3-Day is a months-long journey out of the everyday. It starts the moment you register. Organize a group in your area to train and walk together. You’ll have coaches to help you every step of the journey, helping you challenge yourself and succeed.

Breast Cancer Network – Ride to Empower
The Ride to Empower is a destination bike ride, with fully-supported route lengths ranging from a 100-mile century to less than 32 miles. The Ride will take place during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Solvang, Calif., October 23-26, 2008, with the 1-day ride on October 25. Read how to build a team, fundraise, or join the ride at their website!

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