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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- October 1998

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This nationwide educational campaign directly supports efforts such as CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) to increase public awareness of the importance of screening. A key date in the month-long campaign is October 16, National Mammography Day, a yearly observance formally established by the President in 1992.

Now in its ninth year, the NBCCEDP supports critical breast and cervical cancer screening services for underserved women, including older women, women with low income, and women of racial/ethnic minority populations. CDC supports early detection programs in 50 states, the District of Columbia, five territories, and 15 programs serving American Indians/Alaskan Natives. Through March 1998, these programs have provided more than 1.7 million screenings.

Additional information about National 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, World-Wide Web site, and telephone (770) 488-4751.

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