October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Get a Buddy, Do a Buddy Check

By Jim Donahue

 

Breast Cancer: The Silent Killer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and education is the key. And while Heart Disease is technically the number one killer of women in the US, Breast Cancer runs a close second.

This article is full of information regarding breast cancer and help you can get in your area.

Breast cancer is a silent killer and doesn’t discriminate. It strikes men and women of all shapes, sizes, ages and races. A very close member of my family was recently diagnosed with stage one breast cancer, and what follows is an informative article on breast cancer, from the perspective of the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Please, if you can find it in your heart to volunteer or donate, the world will be a better place for all of us. All my love to you Linda.

What is breast cancer? Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. It is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races. It is the most prevalent cancer in the world today, with about 1.3 million people diagnosed annually. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure.

But there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recommends that you:

1. Know your risk

• Talk to your family to learn about your family health history
• Talk to your doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer

2. Get screened

• Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at higher risk
• Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
• Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at 20, and every year starting at 40

3. Know what is normal for you and see your health care provider right away if you notice any of these breast changes.

• Lump, hard knot or thickening
• Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening
• Change in the size or shape of the breast
• Dimpling or puckering of the skin
• Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
• Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
• Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
• New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away

4. Make healthy lifestyle choices

• Maintain a healthy weight
• Add exercise into your routine
• Limit alcohol intake

There is support for you in the local community.
Breast cancer can be scary and confusing, both for those diagnosed and for their friends and family. It’s important to have a strong support network to help with the physical and emotional demands of the disease. Remember, you are not alone. There are many support services available to assist you on this journey, including:

]1-877 GO KOMEN, a free breast care helpline offering professional support services to anyone with breast health and breast cancer concerns, including breast cancer patients and their families.

he Co-Survivor section of Komen’s national website, where friends and family members can share tips and advice, and read personal stories from others who have been in similar situations.

Local Resources

Thanks to the generosity of donors and sponsors, the Southern Nevada Affiliate is able to support many breast health and breast cancer-related programs in our community. Here are some of the available programs:

Newly-Diagnosed Support

The Komen Cares Bag Program provides free resources to those who have been recently diagnosed or who have a recurrence of breast cancer.

The Komen Cares (KC) bags include educational and inspirational materials, a resource guide, tools for reducing stress, and survivor gifts.

KC bags are available upon request to put information into the hands of women and men to aid in their decision making process.

Financial Support

ORION (O’Callaghan Resource Integrated Oncology Network) assistance with mortgage or rent payments, utilities, groceries, health insurace premium or COBRA premiums 702-952-3414 or www.cccnevada.com/orion-foundation/

Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program prescription assistance for those with health insurance/Medicare/Medicaid 1-866-512-3861 or www.patientadvocate.org

Partnership for Prescription Assistance prescription assistance for uninsured/underinsured 1-888-477-2669 or www.pparx.org

R.E.D. Rose Support Services assistance with rent, utilities, groceries, and transportation costs during treatment 702-616-7525

Emotional Support

Barbara Greenspun WomensCare Center
breast cancer support groups and healing yoga 702-616-4900

The Caring Place
wellness seminars, healing arts, yoga, reiki, reflexology, healing touch, massage therapy, support groups 702-871-7222

Center for Compassionate Care
breast cancer counseling for survivors & their families, various support groups 702-796-3167

Screening & Treatment Support

Access to Healthcare Network
screening and diagnostic services for uninsured over age 50. 702-489-3434

The R.E.D. Rose Program
screening and diagnostic services for uninsured under age 50. 702-616-7525

Nevada Health Centers – Mammovan
mobile mammography screening services for uninsured women 1-877-581-6266

Planned Parenthood clinical breast examinations for uninsured women
West: 702-878-7776 / East: 702-547-9888 / North: 702-642-3313

For additional information or more resources, please contact Krysten Clark, Mission Manager at 702-822-2324 or mission@komensouthernnevada.org.

Volunteer or make a donation. Volunteer

Our volunteers come in all sizes, shapes and colors, but their hearts are pink and their caring has no limit.

Are you a leader, a thinker or a doer? Use your talents in our promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever! We need you now more than ever.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization, providing countless hours contributing their skills to further the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® promise. We will work with your availability. Every minute you spend helping gives another minute of hope to those affected by breast cancer and significantly impacts the Southern Nevada community.

If your are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click here to complete your application online or fill out our Volunteer Application and return to the address on the form.

Become a Board Member

The Board of Directors functions to advise, assist and aid in our efforts to support breast cancer education and outreach programs.

We are always interested in meeting new potential Board Members and Board Committee Members so, if you are interested in taking your volunteer experience to the next level, please complete our Application for Appointment and forward to Diane M. Allison, Board Development Chair, for consideration. Together, we can make a difference…and we will!
Click here to meet our current Board of Directors.

Donate Online

You can help achieve a world without breast cancer by contributing financially in a way that is meaningful to you. Your gift will support our Affiliate’s mission to provide local community grants, helping people in our community access education, screening and treatment. Your funds also support life-saving research initiatives that will enable scientists to discover the cures for breast cancer.

To Make A Gift Click Here

Join us in the promise and become part of the fight against breast cancer by making a contribution of $25, $50, $100 or the value that is meaningful to you to support our work at Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

The In Honor Campaign provides the opportunity to make a donation to celebrate a loved one’s survivorship or a special occasion—a birthday, anniversary, or a wedding— or recognize the courage of a friend or relative who is fighting breast cancer, or even to thank someone for their support.

The Memorial Campaign provides the opportunity to make a donation in memory of a loved one or friend

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