Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women with more than 225,000 women diagnosed this year. Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer as the leading cause of death.
While the risk of developing breast cancer increases with age, thereís no such thing as being too young for breast cancer. It is the leading cause of cancer-related death in women under 40. Breast cancer can affect all of us, regardless of our age, ethnicity, income level or sexual orientation.
All of us have a sister, mother, aunt or friend who is struggling to overcome this disease. So if you notice something that does look right, keep your emotions in perspective, have courage, see your practitioner and get support from the club of women who know how critical early screenings are during breast cancerís most treatable stages.
This is an area of womenís health that all women have access to care and educational resources.
If you donít have health insurance, local nonprofit resources include Planned Parenthood in San Luis Obispo, the Cancer Support Community (formerly the Wellness Center) in Paso 238-4411, Enhancement in Morro Bay 771-8640 and Hearst Cancer Resource Center 542-623 in SLO.
Planned Parenthood is the nationís leading womenís health care provider with resources in the fight to detect breast cancer early performing nearly 750,000 breast cancer screenings each year.
Clinical breast exams are provided at Planned Parenthood as well as additional funding for grants specializing in follow-up care, like ultrasounds and biopsies for women in need.
Enhancement, Inc. strives to improve the quality of life for breast cancer survivors including nationally recognized, state-of-the-art educational seminars on lymphedema and retreats for survivors who are on their journey to regain their quality of life.
The Cancer Support Community is a national organization providing support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones including support groups, educational workshops utilizing the Patient Active Concept.
People affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of disease.
The Hearst Cancer Resource Center is for those living with cancer. They are dedicated to serving patients and their families ranging from those newly diagnosed with cancer, in treatment, in recovery and survivors.
Get care now, your life depends on it.
Lee Perkins moved to Atascadero with her family in 1986 and is now retired. She has worked as a secretary, office administrator/public relations, and school counselor K-12.For the complete article see the 09-28-2012 issue.
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