October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For the month of October, organizations and nations around the globe are rallying together in an explosion of pink ribbons to honor the fight to find a cure for breast cancer

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

At this time last year, the global attempt to increase awareness of breast cancer celebrated its 25th anniversary.  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) was created in 1985 as a collaborative effort between the American Academy of Family Physicians, AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation, CancerCare, Inc., and a variety of other sponsors to raise awareness and gain funding for research for a cure.  NBCAM has grown to include partnerships of national public service organizations, government agencies, and professional medical associations who work together to raise awareness of the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010).  The NBCAM organization promotes educational events and programs to encourage women to practice regular self-breast examinations, get mammograms as recommended, schedule regular visits with their primary care physicians, and learn as much as they can about breast cancer and breast health.

To see a list of local activities, such as walk-a-thons and races for the cure, please visit the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month organization Web site.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Cancer Prevention and Control: Cancer Among Women.

Related Reading

1. Study reveals pattern of influence through which the interaction of high levels of depression coupled with high levels of stress in women with breast cancer was associated with lowered physical health and well-being in their partners.

Dorros, S. M., Card, N. A., Segrin, C, & Badger, T. A. (2010). Interdependence in women with breast cancer and their partners: an individual model of distress. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 24, 121-125. doi:10.103/a0017806

2. Study finds expressive writing may be beneficial for women with metastatic breast cancer, including those with low levels of emotional support or those who have been recently diagnosed, and is contraindicated for those who have been living with the diagnosis for years.

Low, C. A., Stanton, A. L, Bower, J. E., & Gyllenhammer, L. (2010). A randomized controlled trial of emotionally expressive writing for women with metastatic breast cancer. Health Psychology, 29, 460-466. doi:10.1037/a0020153

3. Study finds most breast cancer patients were not distressed in response to breast cancer or only temporarily so, yet a minority of patients became or remained distressed after the end of treatment.

Henselmans, I., Seltman, H., Helgeson, V. S., & de Vries, J. (2010). Identification and prediction of distress trajectories in the first year after breast cancer diagnosis. Health Psychology, 29, 160-168. doi:10.1037/a0017806