October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. More progress needs to be made to improve outcomes for Black women with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death due to cancer. Ladies and gentlemen, get checked. Go to your local 211 or local healthcare facility to find out about free breast cancer screenings in your area. Also check out the these websites for more information:
Here are some tips to help prevent breast cancer….
Keep a healthy weight.
Be physically active.
Choose not to drink alcohol, or drink alcohol in moderation.
If you are taking, or have been told to take, hormone replacement therapy birth control pills, speak to your doctor about the risks and find out if it is right for you.
Breastfeed your children, if possible.
If you have a family history of breast cancer or inherited changes in your BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, talk to your doctor about other ways to lower your risk.
Elementary (Grades K-4)
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, Kokila, May 2019
The Hope Tree: Kids Talk About Breast Cancer by Laura Numeroff, Simon & SChuster Children’s Publishing, September 2001
My Mommy Has Breast Cancer, But She Is OK! By Kerri M. Conner, Xylophone Press, February 2010
Okay Mommy, I Will Help You: Oh No! My Mom Has Breast Cancer by M.N.L., VerKallos Media Group, September 2020
Nowhere Hair: Explains Cancer and Chemo To Your Kids by Sue Glader, Thousand Words Press, November 2015
When a Kid Like Me Fights Cancer by Cathreine Stier, Albert Whitman& Company, September 2019
How Do You Care for a Very Sick Bear? By Vanessa Bayer, Feiwel & Friends, June 2019
Cancer Hates Kisses by Jessica Reid Silwerski, Dial Books, September 2017
Mama’s Afro is a Soldier Too: Mom’s Cancer Diagnosis Explained by NM Charles, Ariel & Rose, May 2021
The Goodbye Cancer Garden by Joann Mathins, Albert Whitman & Company, March 2011
Middle (Grades 5-8)
Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin, Razorbill, February 2016
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart, Scholastic Press, January 2015
Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaiporta, Imprint, July 2019
Melanie Martin Goes Dutch: The Private Diary of My Almost Bummer Summer with Cecily, Matt the Brat, and Vincent Van Go Go Go by Carol Weston, Yearling, June 2003
Bluish by Virgina Hamilton, Blue Sky Press, June 2002
Ida B and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and Possibly Save the World by Katherine Hannigan, Scholastic, April 2005
Invincible by Amy Reed, Katherine Tegen Books, April 2015
Wink by Rob Harrell, Puffin Books, January 2021
A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending by India Desjardins, Frances Lincoln’s Children’s Books, January 2019
Pilo by Jason Hales, Targhee Press, July 2022
High (Grades 9-12)
The Language Inside by Holly Thompson, Delacorte, May 2013
Alyssa’s Lost Beauty by Christopher C. Smith, Smith Cares LLC, April 2016
Finding Balance by Kati Gardner, North Star Editions, April 2020
All The Ways The World Can End by Abby Sher, Farrar, July 2017
Zac & Mia by AJ Betts, Clarion Books, September 2014
Brave Enough by Kati Gardner, North Star, August 2018
Abby, Tried and True by Donna Gephart, Simon & Schuster , April 2021
His Mother’s Bosom by Ashea Goldson, Goldwrite Publishing, May 2013
Riding the Cancer Coaster: Survival Guide for Teens and Young Adults by Clarissa E. Schilstra, CreateSpace Independent Publishing, October 2015
Meant To Be: Kim: Book 2 (Diary Of a Teenage Girl 11) by Melody Carlson, Multnomah, September 2005
Memoirs of Cancer : Ten African American Share Their Cancer Experience by Dina Nwaokia Beecham, American Star Books, November 2010
Everybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts, Grand Central Publishing, April 2014
The Black Women’s Breast Cancer Survival Guide: Understanding and Healing in the Face of a Nationwide Crisis by Cheryl D. Holloway, Praegerm July 2017
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Crown, March 2011
Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby, Grand Central Publishing, January 2016
My Secrets Your Lies by N’Tyse, Urban Renaissance, September 2016
Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair , Cancer and Kathie Lee by Hoda Kotb, Simon & Schuster, October 2010
Dig In Your Heels: The Glamorous (and Not So Glamorous) Life of a Young Breast Cancer Survivor by Karla Antoinette Baptiste, Antiste Publishing, November 2015
Celebrating Life: African American Women Speak Out About Breast Cancer by Sylvia Dunnavant, Usfi Pub, January 1995
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