October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Every October, the event is an opportunity to raise awareness around the second-most common form of cancer among women after skin cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.
In addition to being a great opportunity to donate and help fund research that goes towards preventing, treating and curing the disease, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a useful chance for people to discover resources for screening and treatment if they need.
Below are several national breast cancer resources culled from the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
National Breast Cancer Foundation
The foundation offers several resources for individuals in need of screening as well as current patients. These include free educational guides to inform yourself on the importance of early detection, a national mammography program that provides grants to treatment facilities across the US, and a patient navigator program to help people understand and overcome the barriers and challenges of treatment.
National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
This program is offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make breast cancer screening accessible and available throughout the country.
National Cancer Institute
If you’re due for a screening, the National Cancer Institute has information available on how to access free or low-cost mammogram screenings.
The American Cancer Society
The organization’s “Where We Help” section provides information on patient resources and even volunteer and donation opportunities by state. They’re also available 24/7 by live chat on their site or phone at 1-800-227-2345.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP)
This Medicaid-funded program provides aid to underserved women in need of treatment in all 50 states. Inquire with your local hospital to learn more about the program and options.
Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition
This coalition of organizations works to provide patients funding for treatment and other financial barriers — with the ability to search by location on their site for resources in your area.
Mammography Facility Database
Find out where to access mammography services by location through this database updated from the American College of Radiology (ACR), and the states of Arkansas and Texas — all three FDA-approved accreditation bodies.