The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In support of
Breast Cancer Awareness,we will be releasing a series of blogs on breast cancer,
chemotherapy’s effect on hair and what hair options are available for cancer patients.
What is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is an annual national and international health campaign sponsored by major cancer and medical charities and associations every October to increase awareness of breast cancer, as well as raise money for research into breast cancer’s prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. Additionally, the month-long campaign provides support and information to those affected by breast cancer.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month began in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca), maker of several breast cancer drug treatments. Originally, the aim of the campaign was to promote mammography as the most effect weapon against breast cancer. With the foundation of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in 1993 by Evelyn Lauder, the Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies, the pink ribbon was adopted as the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month’s symbol.
What Foundations Support Breast Cancer Research and Awareness?
Several organizations and foundations are involved with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. These foundations support funding, research, and education on breast cancer, its treatments, and its prevention. Here are a few of the foundations associated with NBCAM:
- American Cancer Society
- National Breast Cancer Foundation
- Breast Cancer Research Foundation
- Avon Foundation for Women
- Susan G. Komen Foundation