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When is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or NBCAM, runs through October of ever year, though according to the website, it’s not simply a month-long initiative, and “NBCAM is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the year.” Founded more than 25 years ago, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings together “national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies,” and the goal is raising awareness of breast cancer and providing better access to care.

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“When is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?” is perhaps a question common among those who’d like to help out. Come October, folks hoping to support NBCAM might give money to groups like the American Cancer Society, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and Cancercare, and a full list of participating agencies is available on the NBCAM website. There’s also a store, where a portion of proceeds support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

At the National Breast Cancer Foundation website, there is even more information about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which takes place in October of each year, and visitors can create an “early detection” plan, share their experiences with the disease, and learn how to host a fundraiser. “When is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?” is the kind of thing charities are glad to have people ask, as it shows they’re concerned about the disease—the second leading cause of death among women in the United States—but this is an issue that demands year-round involvement. One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, so a mere 31 days isn’t enough time to fight the disease.

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After you ask, “When is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?” and figure out how you’ll help this October during NBCAM, go the extra step and see what you can do in November, December, and all the months that follow. With luck, doctors will one day find a cure, and we’ll no longer have an answer for the question, “When is Breast Cancer Awareness month?” as it will no longer exist. But until then,

October is a starting point for some crucial efforts by well-intentioned men and women and the world.