Tuesday, October 8, 2013

We All Know Someone: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Fall brings with it the orange of pumpkins, the russet and gold of falling leaves . . . and the pink of breast cancer awareness ribbons.

As many are aware, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), an annual collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies with the goals of promoting breast cancer awareness; sharing information about the disease; and providing greater access to breast cancer services, treatment and education.

We all know someone affected by breast cancer.  Like a thief in the night, it strikes--taking the health, lifestyles, peace of mind and, too often, the lives of its targets.  Mothers, sisters, aunts, friends, neighbors, colleagues, ourselves--all are at risk of being diagnosed with the disease (because breast cancer is sometimes but rarely diagnosed in men, male breast cancer tends to be overlooked.  In 2009 the male breast cancer advocacy groups Out of the Shadow of Pink; A Man's Pink; and the Brandon Greening Foundation for Breast Cancer in Men joined together to globally designate the third week of October Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week.)  Wikipedia.org

The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book, by the
breast-health experts at the Mayo Clinic Cancer
, is just one of many resources on breast
cancer and breast health available in the
collections of the TWU Libraries.

A guide to TWU Libraries (and other) resources of all types on the subjects of breast cancer and breast health, the Breast Cancer Awareness Month Subject Guide, created by Reference Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harris, is packed with statistics, books, ebooks, videos, websites, reference works and much more.

Free pink ribbons and ribbon stickers are available--along with a selection of breast cancer and breast health books (most available for checkout) and information--on the Breast Cancer Awareness Month table located in the first-floor lobby (near the elevators) of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.


The TWU Libraries are proud to have dedicated, experienced Health Sciences Librarians on each of the TWU campuses. For assistance with research on breast cancer or other health-related topics, contact Elaine Cox (ecox@twu.edu or 940-898-3708) with the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus; Eula Oliphant (eoliphant@twu.edu or 214-689-6585) or Shelly Burns (sburns1@twu.edu or 214-689-6586) with the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Library; or Marilyn Goff (mgoff@twu.edu or 713-794-2481) with the TWU Houston Center's Academic Resource Center (ARC).


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is clearly a noble and worthwhile effort, but breast cancer can't read a calendar. It is not confined to a month, a season, a race, a locality or even a gender.  We must stay informed and vigilant, and get those mammograms . . . until the day we're all able to say, "I don't know anyone who has breast cancer."

~Sandy Cochran

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