Meaning of Pink in October

Pink is all over. We now even get library check-out receipts in pink. That is because October is “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Many events like walking, running, fundraising, and lectures are going on through the month of October. There is even an organization called National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) which works to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease and provide greater access to screening services.

All these efforts are necessary because, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is the “second most common cancer in women” and the “second leading cause of cancer death in women” in the United States. But, it can be highly curable if detected and treated early.

If you, or one of your loved ones, is diagnosed with breast cancer you may be gathering information about the disease. The best resource, of course, is your health care provider. However, the library has many additional resources to offer.

In book form, here is a list of recent books about breast cancer in non-fiction, fiction and poetry. From these books you can get current medical information and learn about other people’s experiences.

The library also provides many subscription databases on health. The most popular one is “Health & Wellness Resource Center.” Just type “breast cancer” at the search box and you will see many results from reliable sources. We also have “ProQuest Family Health” which has magazines and journals related to health and medicine, including academic journals with peer-reviewed articles.

For an alternative approach, there is “Natural Standard,” a database with high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies, diets, exercise and nutrition. You can get information on diagnosis, symptoms, treatments and integrative therapies from the alternative side.

For further research, try “PubMed,” a web site provided by the National Library of Medicine. If they only give a summary of an article you need, you can request the full article via Inter-Library Loan. All of these databases, and other health related websites, can be found at the library’s Health and Medicine page

Please call 206-386-4636 if you need any assistance using these resources. The librarians can provide step-by-step assistance on the phone or in person at any of the 27 branches of the Seattle Public Library.

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