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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- October 1997

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). NBCAM is dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer. In 1992, the President signed official legislation establishing an annual National Mammography Day, which this year is October 17. The combined efforts of 17 national public service organizations, prefessional associations, and government agencies will attempt to bring NBCAM to the attention of persons across the United States.

Through the National Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), CDC supports early detection of breast and cervical cancers by providing financial and technical assistance to health departments in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, five territories, and 15 programs serving American Indians/Alaskan Natives. CDC also collaborates with several national organizations that have breast cancer initiatives. Additional information about Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the NBCCEDP is available from CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, telephone (770) 488-4751, and from the World-Wide Web site

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