Breast Cancer Screening Disparities in Humboldt County (PDF)
A research and policy brief from the California Center for Rural Policy.

Humboldt Community Breast Health Project
A local non-profit dedicated to bringing information and support to patients with breast and gynecological cancer.

10 Mammogram Excuses Busted (PDF)
Common barriers to mammograms.


Sitemann Cancer Center
Learn about breast cancer, screening options, and view additional resources.

Facts and Myths about Breast Cancer Risks (PDF)
Debunking common myths about breast cancer risks from Breast Cancer Action.

What to do when someone you know has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer (PDF)
Tips on how you can support loved ones with breast cancer from Breast Cancer Action

American Cancer Society
Information about preventing, treating, and living with cancer.

Cancer Detection Programs
Information about free clinical breast exams from the California Department of Public Health.

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
A foundation dedicated to eradicating breast cancer and improving the quality of women's health through innovative research, education, and advocacy.

Finding Breast Cancer Early

Getting regular screening tests is the best way for women to lower their risk of dying from breast cancer. Screening tests can detect breast cancer early, when it's most treatable. If you're confused by the recent news about breast cancer screening, talk to your health care provider about what's right for you.


Don't be Afraid - Just Do It

"In 2004, at the age of 44, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was shocked.
I could not feel a lump and I had no reason to suspect I had cancer, but it was discovered during my annual mammogram. I knew nothing about breast cancer and I was afraid. I wondered, "How can I work and go through treatment?" and "Will I die?" I was afraid for my two children and my husband. I wondered why I had cancer - what caused me to have cancer? And then I jumped into action.
I had a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. My employer encouraged me to work from home and flex my schedule. I decided to look for golden moments during the treatment process. I enjoyed visiting with other patients during infusion therapy. We shared stories and sometimes we laughed. Sometimes we were quiet and just thankful for the other's presence. Dr. Harmon and his staff at St. Joseph's Hospital were kind, caring, and informative and willing to answer all of my questions.
Today I rarely think about my encounter with breast cancer. Only when someone brings it up or it is time for my mammogram. If I would have skipped my annual mammogram in 2004 as I had originally intended, who knows where I might be? The cancer would certainly have been more advanced and I would have had to face treatment with the reality that I was too busy for my annual mammogram that could (and did) save my life. My message to my sisters is "Do Not Be Afraid - Just Do It."
-Marie Essig