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Fast facts about Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, October 9, 2009

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The following are facts provided by National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which can be accessed online at www.nbcam.org:

* The first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month program took place in October 1985 as a week-long event to "fill the information void in public communication about breast cancer." Brochures were distributed, interviews were conducted and testimony took place before a United States Congressional Committee,

* In 1993, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estee Lauder Companies Evelyn Lauder founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the Pink Ribbon as its symbol,

* In 1991, the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out Pink Ribbons to participants during its race in New York City for breast cancer survivors,

* In 1983, the Race for the Cure took place for the first time. More than 800 participants took part in the event, in Dallas, Texas,

* October was designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month following this,

* Today, the NBCAM organization is composed of national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies, and

* This is the 25th year of the NBCAM's existence.

In addition, the following is a list offered by the NBCAM for early detection of breast cancer:

* Any new, hard lump or thickening in any part of the breast,

* Change in breast size or shape,

* Dimpling or puckering of the skin,

* Swelling, redness or warmth that does not go away,

* Pain in one spot that does not vary with your monthly cycle,

* Pulling in of the nipple,

* Nipple discharge that starts suddenly and appears only in one breast, and

* An itchy, sore or scaling area on one nipple.



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