Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. Here at My 96.7 FM, 1270 AM we BElieve THEre is HOPE for a cure to end breast cancer. In the last year, the number of screenings and early detections went down due in large part to people being restricted during the COVID 19 pandemic. So we want to remind people to find information about screenings and resources for educating oneself about early detection and ways to help.
We have partnered with local businesses to provide a space for people to find information about breast cancer, finding screening locations, and ways to get involved and provide support.
Every October since 1985, millions throughout the world get involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a campaign that increases awareness of a disease that afflicts approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States.
The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it is detected early enough. This is why education and awareness are so important.
There are many resources available to find information to educate yourself, get involved in a fundraiser to help in the fight against breast cancer or provide online tools. Below are a few to start with but ask your doctor what they suggest as well.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation is a great resource for information.
They offer many downloadable guides like “3 Steps to Early Detection Guide.” Check the website for more. Guides and other resources.
The NBCF Patient Navigator Program is a proactive approach to helping patients overcome the barriers of cost, fear, and misinformation surrounding the disease and its prevention. By helping underserved women to navigate the healthcare system, navigators provide the vision that gives women hope. In Ohio the Cleveland Clinic partners with NBCF to offer these services. Their number is 216-444-2626.
The NBCF also has a series of videos on YouTube called “Beyond The Shock.” Video series This Beyond The Shock Video Series - YouTube is a series that provides information about what happens after someone has been diagnosed with breast cancer so that they and those in their support group can better understand the disease, gain knowledge for today and receive hope for tomorrow.
The CDC worked on an App called Talk to Someone with Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
In this app people can talk to virtual Linda and ask her questions about how Triple Negative Breast Cancer is different than other breast cancer diagnoses. This is a great way to learn the basics about having Triple Negative Breast cancer.
Someone who has breast cancer can often times lose track of updating people about their condition, or taking the time for asking for help with meals, or cleaning or just needing someone to stop by to have a conversation about anything but cancer.
A wonderful resource for someone with breast cancer to share updates with friends and family is called Caring Bridge. CaringBridge makes it easy to keep everyone updated about your loved one’s diagnosis. Friends and family can stay connected and leave messages of love and encouragement. Here is a video explaining this free website service.
HOW YOU CAN HELP.
Many people are looking for ways to get involved, volunteer or show their support during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Here are a few suggestions for ways to get involved.
- Wear pink. A pink ribbon is an international symbol for breast cancer. Wearing a pink ribbon - or pink clothes - is an easy way to show your support for those who are fighting breast cancer. Pick out your favorite pink outfit and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Pink nails, pink hair, pink makeup, pink bracelets – pink anything. Be creative in “thinking pink” this October.
- Help a cancer patient. There are numerous ways you can help a loved one who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. You can help organize meal deliveries, rides, and other tasks to assist your loved one. You can help bring together the patient’s family, friends, and coworkers by helping support your loved one through an online social network and planner.
- Participate in a run or a walk. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the largest and most successful breast cancer fundraising and education organization in the world. The organization runs the Komen Race for the Cure, a series of 5K runs and walks around the country. The organization also has the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, a 60-mile, 3-day event. Proceeds from these events fund breast cancer research. Click here to find a Komen Race for the Cure near you. In Ohio there are several events. The closest to Delaware is the Southeast Ohio event that takes place October 9 in Columbus. Click here for more information. Susan G. Komen® - Columbus - 2021 Komen Southeast Ohio MORE THAN PINK Walk (info-komen.org)
- Share facts and statistics. The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. and American Cancer Society both offer outstanding resources to learn more about breast cancer. Here are some facts and stats from those organizations:
- Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer for women. 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
- In 2021, an estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. as well as 49,290 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
- Although rare, men get breast cancer too. In 2021, an estimated 2,650 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S. and approximately 530 will die.
- There are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
- Educate yourself and others about cancer screenings. Many women never expected to receive a breast cancer diagnosis until it happened to them. Knowing the risks of developing breast cancer can help in early detection, which makes cancer more treatable. Spread awareness of breast cancer by telling your female friends and family to get mammograms and sharing with them resources like those that can be found at breastcancer.org on how to check breasts for abnormalities . You can lead by example. Many clinics offer free mammograms in October. Schedule your mammogram, and hopefully, your friends and family will follow your lead.
- Volunteer. There are numerous local and national volunteer organizations that raise awareness for breast cancer. Many people volunteer for the American Cancer Society (ACS), a nationwide voluntary health organization committed to eliminating cancer. Established in 1913, the ACS has many volunteer programs and events, such as Relay For Life, Road to Recovery, and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Click here Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Volunteers | American Cancer Society to learn more about how you can get involved.