Aid from the Breast Cancer Society
The Breast Cancer Society offers those living with the disease several different types of support. Education and awareness helps families understand how cancer develops, how they can spot symptoms early, and how they can make changes in their lives that will reduce their chances of developing breast cancer. These educational efforts may reduce the chances of recurrence, and help other members of the family understand what precautions they can take to help reduce their risks of developing breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Society is also able to provide a valuable tool for breast cancer patients to be able to obtain guidance regarding treatment options and ideas to discuss with their oncologist.
The Breast Cancer Society provides outreach through community and social support groups and forums. This program provides mediums for breast cancer patients and their families and friends to meet together (both in person and through social media) and share ideas and support with other breast cancer patients. The emotional toll that breast cancer can inflict is many times compared to the physical toll. Outreach and support forums have been found to be incredibly helpful to many men and women as they go through their battles with this disease.
The Breast Cancer Society also may offer financial assistance to individuals and families in the U.S. battling breast cancer Many families and individuals find that they are not financially prepared to pay for the costs associated with extensive breast cancer treatments. Hospital stays, medications, counseling, direct treatment and childcare while undergoing treatment are often very expensive even for patients who have good health insurance. The Breast Cancer Society focuses on relieving a portion of this potentially crippling burden.
While Breast Cancer incidences and death rates have leveled off somewhat over the last several years in the U.S., this disease remains a growing problem in many areas around the globe. Internationally, the Breast Cancer Society seeks to partner with numerous health care providers in impoverished areas of the world who often serve as the sole resource for treatment for breast cancer patients in their communities. The Breast Cancer Society provides these hospitals, missions, clinics, and providers with critical medications, supplies, and equipment for the treatment and care of breast cancer patients and their families, the critically ill, and the impoverished. Many thousands of impoverished women have been helped and lives saved through this ongoing international relief effort.