Breast Cancer Awareness: Spread Knowledge and Hope

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. An important part of the month is spreading knowledge, and hope, for those with breast cancer and for those with loved ones with the disease. A great resource for all of these brave people can be found through the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The NBCF offers many helpful resources for those with breast cancer, as well as those who care for these brave fighters. The resources provide ways to help navigate the disease from diagnosis to survivorship. The team at Comprehensive picked a few of our favorite resources from the website to make it easy to find some of the best resources quickly so everyone can take charge of their own health, while empowering others to do that same, during October and beyond.

Beyond The Shock

Beyond The Shock is a free, comprehensive, online guide to understanding breast cancer. It is a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer; a place for loved ones to gain a better understanding of the disease, and a tool for doctors to share information.

HOPE Kits

HOPE Kits are filled with thoughtful items that patients have told us are comforting and encouraging while undergoing breast cancer treatment. HOPE kits include such items as fuzzy socks, a tumbler, tea, unscented lotion, lip balm, a HOPE Journal, an inspirational bracelet and educational resources

Navigating Breast Cancer in the Workplace

We’re here to help your employees at every step of the breast health journey, from wellness education to survivor support and everything in between.

Let NBCF support your workplace wellness needs so you can focus on your business goals and serving your customers. NBCF provides both turnkey solutions and customized programs/events to support employer-specific needs.

Breast Cancer Support Groups

Having the support of others is an important part of breast cancer survivorship. Research shows that taking part in support groups, where you both give and receive help, is an effective way to reduce the stress and anxiety that can come with a breast cancer diagnosis.

Comprehensive Cancer also offers a breast cancer support group for breast cancer survivors.

Breast Cancer Screening

An important part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is education and prevention. That all starts with regular screenings to improve the chance that breast cancer can be found and treated successfully at an early stage. The following are integral in taking ownership over breast cancer health:

  • Breast Self-Exams – women should begin to administer breast self-exams in their 20s. Any changes should be reported to a doctor immediately. Click here to download our breast self-exam card.
  • Clinical Breast Exams – women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam every three years, and women over the age of 40 should have the exam every year.
  • Mammograms – The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening mammography for women everyone to two years for women age 40 years and older. The American Cancer Society recommends that women begin having yearly mammograms by age 45, and they can change to having mammograms every other year beginning at age 55. The ACS indicates women should have the choice to start yearly mammogram screening as early as age 40 if they so desire.

Comprehensive Cancer Centers Can Help

Should you or a loved one be diagnosed with breast cancer, the physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers provide a variety of treatment options for patients. The practice also provides cancer genetic counseling for those interested in find out about potential health risks before they become health issues. To schedule an appointment with the team at Comprehensive, please call 702-952-3350.

 

The content is this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.