A Community of Support For nearly 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been in communities across the country offering breast cancer programs and support to help those we love in their time of need. We are proud that money raised from Making Strides Against Breast Cancer helps the American Cancer Society provide free breast cancer programs and resources to patients and their families. Below are a few of our breast cancer programs. Availability may vary by location.
Reach to Recovery´┐? For 30 years, Reach to Recovery has linked newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with trained breast cancer survivors who already understand the physical and mental challenges, as well as the positive milestones, associated with the disease. These dedicated volunteers help women and men cope with every step of their breast cancer experience. Reach to Recovery volunteers give patients and family members an opportunity to express feelings, talk about fears and concerns, and ask questions. Most importantly, Reach to Recovery volunteers offer understanding, support, and hope because they have survived breast cancer and have gone on to live normal, productive lives. Click here to learn more about Reach to Recovery and programs that may be available in your area.
Look Good...Feel Better´┐? The Look Good...Feel Better program is a free, community-based, national service that teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Volunteer beauty professionals lead small groups, usually consisting of six to 10 women, through practical, hands-on experience. Women learn about skin care, makeup techniques, nail care, and options related to hair loss such as wigs, turbans, and scarves. Each program participant receives a free kit of cosmetics for use during and after the workshop. For patients who are unable to attend a group workshop, a free, one-time, individual salon consultation with a volunteer cosmetologist may be available.
The Look Good...Feel Better program is a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council, and the National Cosmetology Association. All cosmetology volunteers attend a four-hour certification class. Click here for more information about the Look Good…Feel Better program.
Cancer Survivors NetworkSM Cancer Survivors Network is an online community of cancer survivors, caregivers, families, friends, and anyone who has been touched by cancer and would like to share their experience, strength, and hope. This noncommercial Web site provides a private, secure way to find and communicate with others who share similar interests and experiences. You control access to your personal information, such as your email address. The Cancer Survivors Network was created by and for those who have experienced cancer firsthand in the hope that, together, we will all find strength and inspiration from sharing our personal stories and expressions of hope. Click here for more information about the Cancer Survivors Network.
Free Email Mammogram Reminder Our online mammogram reminder system enables women age 40 and older to sign up to receive a free email message each year reminding them to "Please, schedule your yearly mammogram." The mammogram reminder also allows you to send reminders to the women you love so that they will also remember to get their yearly mammograms. Click here to sign up for a free mammogram reminder.
To learn more about the American Cancer Society breast cancer programs in your area, please visit http://www.cancer.org/breastcancer or call us toll free at 1-800-ACS-2345, anytime, day or night.