October is a time for candy and colorful leaves and costumes. A time when the sun sets earlier than we want and there’s almost always a chill in the air.
It is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Other than skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer for women. One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and even men can get breast cancer, though it is rare (National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc).
Most people know someone who has been impacted by cancer, whether it is themselves, a family member, a friend, or just an acquaintance. There are plenty of resources available to learn more and engage with. Some may find too much information overwhelming, while others may benefit from learning all they can from nonfiction and fiction materials.
I hope one or more of these books will be helpful, whether you are going through treatment, know someone who has breast cancer, or want to learn more.
Talking to My Tatas: All You Need to Know from a Breast Cancer Researcher and Survivor by Dana Brantley-Sieders
The Black Woman’s Breast Cancer Survival Guide: Understanding and Healing in the Face of a Nationwide Crisis by Cheryl D. Holloway
The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer by Hollye Jacobs
The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde
The Bright Side Running Club by Josie Lloyd
The Breast Cancer Book: A Trusted Guide for You and Your Loved Ones by Kenneth D. Miller
Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America by Kate Pickert