Breast Cancer Awareness in the
Eduardo Diaz Rodriguez
International Institute for Health
Breast Cancer Awareness in the Communities
Breast cancer is a complex disease with many types, each
with its own set of symptoms, risk factors and treatment approaches. Each type
of breast cancer is characterized by the type of cells that become malignant in
the breast skin, duct or tissue. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in U.S.
women, aside from skin cancer, affecting one in eight women during their
lifetimes. Symptoms include a lump, pain, skin changes and nipple discharge.
Awareness of the symptoms and the need for screening are
important ways of reducing the risk. Breast cancer can affect men too. A
diagnosis often occurs as the result of routine screening, or when a woman
approaches her doctor after detecting symptoms.
I live in Rochester, New York and here there are many
groups of supports and programs to contribute to the prevention of breast
cancer and provide help to all people diagnosed with this type of cancer.
To begin I will refer to breast cancer screening program
in Rochester. NY: Women ages 50 to 74
years should get a mammogram every two years. Some women should be screened for
breast cancer younger than age 50 if, they are 40 to 49 years old, have a
family history of breast cancer, have any symptoms of breast cancer such as
swelling or dimpling of the breast, lump in the breast or underarm, irritation
of breast skin, breast or nipple pain, nipple discharge.
Also in Rochester, we have Support Groups & Programs
Breast Cancer 10: A program for the newly
Breast Cancer 201: For those who have received a
second diagnosis of breast cancer
Brown Bag Fridays: Drop-In Support Group
Tuesday Night Breast Cancer Support Group
Thursday Night Breast Cancer Support Group
Common Ground: Living with Metastatic Breast or
GYN Cancer Support Group
Peer Advocates Lending Support: P.A.L.S.
Lymphedema Awareness Network of Rochester
The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester is a good example.
The Coalition welcomes survivors from those newly diagnosed, to those who have
many years behind them since they first heard those words.
Another Example is The Common Ground for People Living
with Metastatic Breast or GYN Cancer Discussion Group, this group have a
meeting Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 12:00 – 1:30 pm. This
group is led by Peg DeBaise, LMFT. Although the discussion is topic-based, all
concerns of those present will be addressed.
The Breast Cancer 101 is a program for the newly
diagnosed. This program provides information and support to those who are
coping with a breast cancer diagnosis. Most are making decisions about surgery
The Book Club(4th Thursday of the month from 6:00 – 8:00
pm) If a traditional support group isn’t working for some patient, but you
still like the idea of participating in a supportive community following a
breast cancer diagnosis they can join to book club about breast cancer.
Evening Seminars every 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00
pm. These free evening seminars are held at the Coalition, 1048 University
Avenue, Rochester, NY. they Addressing
topics such as the long-term effects of radiation, reconstructive surgery
methods and environmental issues impacting breast cancer, the Coalition’s
seminars are designed to bring information and education to our survivors and
An excellent example of what the community can do to help
patients with breast cancer is The Gilda’s Club Rochester, this club has been
serving the Greater Rochester community since 1959, first as Cancer Action,
Inc., and then in 2000 as Gilda’s Club. Today they receive over 17,800 visits
yearly with over 1,200 free programs offered to men, women, teens and children
who are affected by cancer including breast cancer. The programs offer
much-needed social and emotional support to those living with cancer along with
their families and friends. Named for legendary Saturday Night Live comedienne,
Gilda Radner, whose spirit lives on as members both give and receive love and
laughter through unique programs and events.
There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But there
are things you can do that might lower your risk. This can be especially
helpful for women with certain risk factors for breast cancer, such as having a
strong family history or certain gene changes.
In conclusion, breast cancer is the most common type of
cancer in women in the United States, prevention avoiding risk factors and the
usual practice of breast self-examination is very important to prevent and
diagnose this type of cancer early.
Also, the screening programs and community support and
counselling programs for cancer patients play an important role in the fight
against breast cancer and a way to raise awareness about this issue.