Office of Cancer Control and Prevention
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer, a common cancer in women, is a disease in which cancer (malignant) cells are found in the tissues of the breast. Each breast has 15 to 20 sections called lobes, which have many smaller sections called lobules. The lobes and lobules are connected by thin tubes called ducts. The most common type of breast cancer is ductal cancer. It is found in the cells of the ducts. Cancer that begins in the lobes or lobules is called lobular cancer. Lobular cancer is more often found in both breasts than other types of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is an uncommon type of breast cancer. In this disease, the breast is warm, red, and swollen.

Learn more about breast cancer by logging onto:
http://www.cinj.org
http://www.oncolink.upenn.edu
http://www.komen.org
http://www.nci.nih.gov
http://www.cancer.org
http://www.ibcresearch.org

National Dental Hygiene Month

National Dental Hygiene Month

Each year, approximately 30,000 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx  are diagnosed and almost 8,000 deaths due to oral cancer occur. The 5-year survival rate for these cancers is only about 50 percent. Mortality from oral cancer is nearly twice as high in some minorities (especially black males) as it is in whites. Methods used to treat oral cancers (surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy) are disfiguring and costly. Preventing high-risk behaviors, that include cigarette, cigar or pipe smoking, use of smokeless tobacco, and excessive use of alcohol are critical in preventing oral cancers. Early detection is key to increasing the survival rate for these cancers.

Learn more about oral cancer by logging onto: http://www.cdc.gov/OralHealth/topics/cancer.htm
http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org
http://www.ada.org/public/topics/cancer_oral.asp
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/oral
http://www.oral-cancer.org