Breast Cancer : The Most Common Cancer

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Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second most common cancer overall. In 2016, an estimated 246,660 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. (Susan G. Komen website, n.d., para. 1) On Sunday, October 16, 2016, I attended the Making Strides of Hudson Valley walk at the Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets. This walk united people to raise awareness of breast cancer, honor survivors and commemorate the departed. This function was a well-organized and brought the community together to bond for a great cause. The research and awareness for this disease have amplified over the years. October has been dedicated to breast cancer awareness month, and many organizations have merged with their efforts to endorse this cause. The National Football League (NFL) plays a role in promoting awareness by designating a game in their season, which connects role model athletes to a larger population of followers. The support for breast cancer is overwhelming. This allows for many opportunities for a breast cancer patients and families to seek assistance when diagnosed with this disease. Counseling provides support, information, and resources to help cope with cancer. There are oncology social workers that advise the people with cancer, caregivers, and loved ones. They help with managing emotions, improving communication with the health care team, talking with the family about cancer and even assisting with managing the financial challenges. Support groups connect others with cancer, loved ones and people who have lost a loved one. These groups can meet online, through telephone or in person. Education workshops are also available. These can be held in person, but the conven... ... middle of paper ... ...ocial concerns through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from breast cancer. National breast cancer organizations are accessible online, and many of them have local affiliates. Examples of such groups are Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Y-Me, Sisters Network, Young Survivor Coalition, and Pink Ribbon Girls. Local support organizations can be accessed through the health care provider, the local hospital, wellness centers, home care agencies, or by word of mouth (Ignatavicius & Workman, 2016, p. 1480). As a nurse, it is my duty to provide accurate and current information to patients. Programs like Reach to Recovery, Encore, and the NBCF National Mammography Program are available in the communities to help anyone facing breast cancer. This assignment exposed me to many resources and teaching tools that I could use in the future.
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