Breast Cancer Community Resources

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Breast cancer is the predominant form of cancer diagnosed in America women, second only to skin cancer and the primary cause of cancer deaths, surpassed only by lung cancer. Approximations suggest that one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during the course of their life (American Cancer Society, 2013). As with any disease, a diagnosis of breast cancer can be tremendously challenging and freighting experience not only during the time of treatment and post treatment, but also as a survivor of the disease. Encouragement, reassurance, and support are crucial components in managing, coping, surviving, and living with breast cancer. Support can be initiated through national organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Center, which can than connect individuals with regional support at the state, county, and community levels who can offer extraordinary resources. Programs include finical support, complimentary mammograms, medical resources, and support groups. Resources are easily accessible and are geared toward enhancing quality of life. Here within we will analysis breast cancer statistics, available resources, and support groups in Arizona, more specifically Maricopa County. In Arizona, breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths among women. According to statistics retrieved from the Arizona Cancer Registry database and reported by the Arizona Department of Health Services (2012) “In Arizona, an annual average of 48 males and 3,115 females per year were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer” (Introduction Breast Cancer). Additionally, breast cancer terminated the ... ... middle of paper ... ...na Health Matters. (2014). Breast Cancer Incidence Rates: Maricopa County. Retrieved from: http://www.arizonahealthmatters.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=NS-Indicator&file=indicator&iid=7754004 Arizona Health Matters. (2014). Breast Cancer Incidence Rates: State. Retrieved from: http://www.arizonahealthmatters.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=NS-Indicator&file=indicator&iid=7773093 Arizona Health Matters. (2014) Mammogram History. Retrieved from: http://www.arizonahealthmatters.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=NS-Indicator&file=overview&indid=1007156000012®ionzoom=All+Location+Types Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Health, United States, 2012. Retrieved from: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus12.pdf#082 U.S. News. (2014). Best Hospitals in Phoenix, Ariz. Cancer. Retrieved from: http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/phoenix-az/cancer

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