What You Should Know about Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Senior Care in Allentown NJ
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a family caregiver, this is the ideal time for you to learn more about breast cancer and how it can impact your parent’s health and life, and your care journey with them. By educating yourself about this disease and working to raise awareness, you can work to ensure that your parent gets through their condition in the best way possible for them as an individual, and that you can be the caregiver that they need.
Some things that you should know about breast cancer include:
- Approximately 1 in 8 million women throughout the United States will develop invasive breast cancer throughout the course of their life
- This number accounts for 12 percent of the overall female population of the country
- Approximately 246,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States during the year 2016
- Approximately 61,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States during the year 2016
- Approximately 2,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men in the United States during the year 2016
- The risk for men to develop breast cancer at some point in their lives is 1 in 1000
- Just under 40,500 women throughout the United States die each year from breast cancer
- The rates of both development of and death from breast cancer have decreased in the last two decades
- Breast cancer death occurs more often for women than any other type of cancer, except for lung cancer
- Breast cancer is second only to lung cancer in frequency of diagnosis among American women
- Each year approximately 30 percent of the new cancer cases diagnosed in women throughout the United States will be breast cancer
- Among women under the age of 45, breast cancer occurs more frequently in black women than white women
- Black women of all ages are more likely to die from breast cancer than women of any other ethnicity
- Just under 3 million women throughout the United States are currently living with breast cancer or have a history of breast cancer
- The risk for breast cancer doubles for those women who have a close relative who has been diagnosed with breast cancer
- Less than 15 percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have a family member who has experienced breast cancer.
If your aging parent has been diagnosed with breast cancer, now may be the ideal time for you to consider senior care for them. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on the schedule that works for your senior and for you so that they can receive the level of care, support, and encouragement that they need to get through their journey with breast cancer. This can include helping them to remain compliant with the care guidelines that your elderly parent has been given by their medical team through personalized reminders, as well as helping them to eat a more nutritious diet and stay more active. The care provider can also help to support their emotional needs with dedicated companionship, activities, and encouragement to approach this situation in the way that is right for your aging parent.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care in Allentown, NJ or the surrounding areas, please call Independence Home Care today at 609-208-1111 for more information.