Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of finding breast cancer early. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms, and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

How can National Breast Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?

We can use this opportunity to spread the word about taking steps to detect breast cancer early.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Ask doctors and nurses to speak to women about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.
  • Encourage women ages 40 to 49 to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
  • Organize an event to talk with women ages 50 to 74 in your community about getting mammograms every 2 years.

How can I help spread the word?

We’ve made it easy for you to help raise awareness about breast cancer. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:

Get the Word Out

  Sample Tweets

Use this list of questions to start a conversation with your doctor about #mammograms:

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Q. What are #mammograms? A. Mammograms are x-rays of the breast that check for #BreastCancer.

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Talk with your doctor if breast or ovarian cancer runs in your family. Find out more:

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#DYK? Men can get breast cancer, too – over 2,000 men are diagnosed each year. Learn more about male breast cancer:

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Worried about cost? Most insurance plans must cover #mammograms for women over age 40. Learn more:

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Not sure where to go for #mammograms? Find out where you can get mammograms near you:

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Get Involved

Take action to increase awareness about breast cancer and breast cancer screenings.

  1. Display posters about breast cancer screening in your organization’s break room.
  2. Ask health professionals from your local hospital or clinic to share information about mammograms and early detection of breast cancer with your organization’s members.
  3. Distribute materials about breast cancer screening at a local health fair.
  4. Partner with local women’s organizations, community groups, and senior centers to share important information on breast cancer screening with women ages 40 and older.
  5. Host or participate in a breast cancer walk with your organization’s members.

Adapted from the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Collaborating Organizations.
For more information and materials, contact the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Collaborating Organizations at

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