October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The disease unfortunately causes doctors to say the words “You have breast cancer” 365 days a year. A patients’ doctor and their team will be a great resource to the patient, but there are other ways for the patient to get he much needed support and help to overcome the physical and emotional challenges to be faced. Here are some resources to better understand breast cancer and its risks, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survival and support networks. Breast cancer never stops striking, and fundraising to provide ongoing research and support, needs to continue, until one day, no one will need to worry about hearing the words, “You have breast cancer” from their doctor.
1 - American Cancer Society provides and overview, detailed guides and treatment decision tools, news, research news and can connect you with a local office in your area to talk with people.
2- Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization provides comprehensive information and links to local affiliate offices, that can provide community based information along with screening and treatment programs.
3- Discussion boards, blogs, chat rooms, reading material and links can be found at breastcancer.org/community.
4- Centers for Disease Control Breast Cancer and Mammography Information can provide women with information on how to get low cost or free mammograms or PAP Smears by calling 888-842-6355. You can find many valuable resources by going to www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast.
5 – FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered is a website for women at risk of developing hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancer. This website is www.facingourrisk.org.
6- Healing Well, is another online resource to information and message forums with chat rooms as well as newsletters and a directory of resources people can find helpful. This website is healingwell.com/breastcancer.
7- KidsHealth for Kids Breast Cancer Information – this provides information in a way that children can understand. For information visit, kidshealth.org.
8 – Free Housecleaning for those undergoing treatment – there is a nationwide nonprofit organization that coordinates free maid service for those undergoing treatment, call 877-337-3348.
There is help to those dealing with breast cancer, if they know where to look.