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Breast Cancer Awareness Month @ Your Library

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Eva B. Dykes Library is doing its part to honor this disease’s victims and fight against future occurrences. Our display in the library’s lobby features these items:

  • Books containing stories from survivors and advice from leading authorities
  • Pamphlets about breast health and self-exams from the Huntsville Hospital
  • “Courage,” “Strength,” “Survivor,” and other stickers
  • Commemorative cards to celebrate survivors, honor those who have died, and lift up those who are still in treatment

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If you are unable to come to the library to check out our exhibit, you can still be a part of this event:

  • Send me an email (rbrothers[AT]oakwood[dot edu]) with the names of your loved ones who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I will write them on cards and add them to our table’s border.
  • Check out this guide from the National Breast Cancer Foundation to conducting a breast self-exam.
  • Design and commit to an Early Detection Plan.
  • Use this resource from the National Mammography Program to find a location where you can receive a free mammogram.
  • Be aware that women aren’t the only ones who can get breast cancer — the American Cancer Society estimates that 2,350 men will be diagnosed in 2015.
  • Know that not every pink-ribbon product benefits breast cancer research. Think Before You Pink has some guidelines for making good purchasing decisions.
  • Participate in the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run on Saturday, October 17, or find another fundraising walk/run near you through Race for the Cure.

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Display decorations and web buttons from the Chickabug blog.

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