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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

September 15, 2021

Want to learn more about breast cancer? The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) has information on everything from detection, to treatment, to myths. Check out the guides here:


Bald is better with earrings

Bald is Better With Earrings
A Survivor’s Guide to Getting Through Breast Cancer

Andrea Hutton

A guide for women with breast cancer shares step-by-step coverage of how to navigate the emotional and physical challenges of every stage of treatment.

Breasts: the owner's manual

Breasts: the Owner’s Manual
Every Woman’s Guide to Reducing Cancer Risk, Making Treatment Choices, and Optimizing Outcomes

Kristi Funk

A holistic guide to total breast health arms women with the most up-to-date tools for prevention and includes compassionate and complete explanations of treatment options.

Chicken soup for the soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul
Hope & Healing for Your Breast Cancer Journey: Surviving and Thriving During and After Your Diagnosis and Treatment

Julie Silver

A collection of stories for breast cancer patients; covering how patients can best handle the diagnosis; how to manage their way through treatment, rehab, and recovery; and handling being a cancer survivor in the long term.

Chicken soup for the breast cancer survivor's soul

Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Soul
Stories to Inspire, Support and Heal

Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Mary Olsen Kelly

Features inspirational stories offering words of love, support, courage, hope, and empowerment to those who are newly diagnosed or long term survivors of breast cancer.

Dr. Susan Love's breast book

Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book

Susan M. Love, Karen Lindsey

Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book has long been the bible for the newly diagnosed. In this completely revised fifth edition, it also becomes a guide for those at risk of getting breast cancer, survivors interested in the consequences of their treatment, and anyone who wants to understand the new research about how the local environment influences the manifestations and treatments of many different kinds of breast cancer.

The end of breast cancer 

The End of Breast Cancer
A Virus and the Hope for a Vaccine

Kathleen T. Ruddy

A breast cancer surgeon and cutting edge researcher provides a look into the history of breast cancer research and discusses the theories, findings and breakthroughs that help guide the scientists racing to find the cause and a cure.

Five lessons I didn't learn from breast cancer (and one big one I did)

Five Lessons I Didn’t Learn From Breast Cancer (And One Big One I Did)

Shelley Lewis

Interweaving her own experiences with those of other breast cancer survivors, the author provides a look at what having breast cancer means, especially when the entire ordeal does not offer a glimpse of the ultimate meaning of life or an opportunity for self-improvement, but only a reinforcement of hard-won life lessons she had already learned.

Intimacy after breast cancer 

Intimacy After Breast Cancer
Dealing With Your Body, Relationships and Sex

Gina M. Maisano

Love and intimacy do not have to end because of breast cancer. In ‘Intimacy after Breast Cancer’, Gina uses expert advice, scientific research, and firsthand experience to help you make the difficult transition from cancer patient to vibrant, self-confident woman.

Just get me through this

Just Get Me Through This

Deborah A. Cohen

You Can Get Through This. Your doctor told you it was breast cancer. So now what?! You’ll need plenty of essential advice—the kind that only comes from someone who’s been there. In Just Get Me Through This! Deborah A. Cohen and Robert M. Gelfand, M.D. help you deal with all the ups and downs of the breast cancer experience.

The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book

The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book

Lynn C. Hartmann, Charles L. Loprinzi

The experts from a trusted medical facility cover everything one needs to know about breast cancer—including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, medication, alternative remedies, coping mechanisms, communicating with children and more—in a book with helpful full-color illustrations and diagrams

Pandora's DNA

Pandora’s DNA
Tracing the Breast Cancer Genes Through History, Science, and One Family Tree

Lizzie Stark

Uses the author’s family experience to explore the human aspect of mutations on the BRCA gene, known as the “breast cancer” gene, discussing the decision of many patients to have preventative masectomies after testing positive for the mutation.


The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America

Kate Pickert

A journalism professor, former Time health-care writer and breast cancer survivor identifies the differences between popular conceptions and patient realities, sharing insight into breast cancer’s high occurrence rates and role in shaping America’s medical culture.

The silver lining

The Silver Lining
A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer

Hollye Jacobs

The award-winning blogger for draws on her experiences as both a nurse and a patient with breast cancer to share positive insights about the disease’s diagnosis, treatments, side effects and recovery.

So much to be done

So Much to Be Done
The Writings of Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner

Barbara Brenner

Chronicles the fifteen years the author was executive director of Breast Cancer Action, gives her political insights on the movement, and reflects on dying and living after her 2011 ALS diagnosis.

Stand by her

Stand by Her
A Breast Cancer Guide for Men

John W. Anderson

Provides practical advice and inspirational messages for men to help them lend support to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Straight talk about breast cancer 

Straight Talk About Breast Cancer
From Diagnosis to Recovery

Suzanne W. Braddock

This medical handbook serves as an accessible resource for answering the questions of women with breast cancer as well as easing the concerns of their spouses and family members. Drawing on the personal experiences of a breast-cancer survivor and the professional expertise of breast-cancer specialists, this guide outlines the various treatment options for cancer patients—including lumpectomy and mastectomy surgeries, radiation treatment, and chemotherapy—both in terms of how they work and the toll they take on a patient’s life

Twisting fate

Twisting Fate
My Journey With Brca–From Breast Cancer Doctor to Patient and Back

Pamela N. Munster

A forefront oncologist shares the story of her own battle with breast cancer and how it transformed her perspectives as a doctor, describing her research team’s groundbreaking work on the BRCA gene and how to live with its mutations.


Biography and Memoir


How I Let Go of Control, Held on to Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour

Amy Robach

A “Good Morning America” anchor retraces the twelve months following her breast cancer diagnosis, revealing details about her treatment and its impact on her work life and family life and her emotional journey from initial shock to resilience, bravery, and hope.

The bright hour

The Bright Hour
A Memoir of Living and Dying

Nina Riggs

Discussing motherhood, marriage, friendship, and the legacy of her great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson, the author, who has been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, explores what makes a meaningful life when one has limited time.

Everybody's got something

Everybody’s Got Something

Robin Roberts, Veronica Chambers

The beloved Good Morning America anchor shares the incredible journey that’s been her life so far and the lessons she learned along the way as she battled breast cancer and a rare blood disorder and dealt with the death of her mother.

Had I known

Had I Known
A Memoir of Survival

Joan Lunden

The former Good Morning America host speaks candidly about her battle against breast cancer, sharing insights into how it shaped her perspectives as a woman, family member and awareness advocate.


How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee

Hoda Kotb

A co-anchor on the Today show shares her life story, from growing up with immigrant Egyptian parents to surviving breast cancer to the colorful experience of being part of a top-rated morning show, in a book with full-color photos.

Promise me

Promise Me
How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer

Nancy G. Brinker, Joni Rodgers

The founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure shares the inspirational story of her late sister’s battle with breast cancer and the author’s contributions to establishing one of the world’s most influential health advocacy organizations.