October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This is the ideal opportunity for you as a family caregiver to learn more about breast cancer so you can be prepared in the event it becomes a part of your care experience. Educating yourself about breast cancer can help you to be more aware of your senior’s risk, recognize challenges they can face prior to and after a diagnosis of breast cancer, and how you can be there to support your senior throughout their cancer fight, regardless of what that means for them.
Some things you should know about breast cancer awareness month include:
- Approximately 1 in 8 women throughout the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetime
- This number accounts for more than 12 percent of women
- More than 266,000 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year
- Nearly 64,000 cases of non-invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year
- Nearly 41,000 women will die of breast cancer in the United States this year
- While it is rare, men can and do a develop breast cancer
- More than 2,500 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States this year
- Breast cancer rates are decreasing, particularly among those under the age of 50
- Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women behind only lung cancer
- Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women
- Approximately 30 percent of all new cases of cancer in women in the United States are breast cancer
If your elderly loved one has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elder care for them. Having an elderly home care services provider as a part of your care approach throughout your senior’s cancer fight can be beneficial for both them and for you as their family caregiver.
The highly customized services of an elder care provider are specifically designed to address your senior’s needs in the ways that are right for them, while also promoting a more fulfilling and independent lifestyle. For you, knowing your senior has access to ongoing support and care can help you to experience less stress, and focus more energy and attention on providing them with the emotional support and love they need.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Caregiver in Bala Cynwyd, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care. Call today: (484) 206-4544
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