October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As professionals dedicated to improving the health and wellness of everyone in our community, Elements of Rockville Centre would like to share some information about early breast cancer detection and coping tips for women who have breast cancer.
Early Detection Tips for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Practicing healthy habits may work to reduce risk of breast cancer, but breast cancer cannot be prevented entirely. However, early detection makes it easier for it to be treated.
It is recommended that all women undergo the following exams:
- Self-examinations, at least once per month
- Clinical examinations, at least once per year
- Mammograms, at your doctor’s discretion
Also, be aware of warning signs of breast cancer.
5 Ways to Help Cope with Breast Cancer
It goes without saying that living with breast cancer and undergoing treatment is exhausting, frustrating and discouraging. These tips may help you or someone you know who has breast cancer cope by destressing and maintaining a positive attitude.
1. Accept Help
The people around you will likely offer to run errands, provide transportation to and from treatment, prepare meals and more. Allow them to. It may feel as if you’re sacrificing your independence a bit, but it is absolutely okay to accept help from your loved ones.
Encourage your family to accept help as well. A breast cancer diagnosis takes a toll on the entire family, so allow neighbors and friends to help.
2. Support Groups
As much as your loved ones will do their best to help you, there will be somewhat of a disconnect if they are not actual cancer survivors themselves. Joining a support group that allows you to network and speak with survivors is helpful, because they are full of people who can actually relate to your situation.
3. Assert your Mental Well-Being
Sometimes, well-meaning people will tell you their own cancer stories, about their own experiences or the experiences of someone they know, in an effort to relate to you. This can be exhausting, and it’s okay to not want to listen.
Politely ask them not to continue their story, and let them know that it’s taking a toll on your mental health. It’s not rude to put your well-being first.
4. Massage Therapy
We aren’t squeezing this in as a shameless selling point for our services. We’re discussing massage therapy because we’ve seen first-hand the positive effects it has on women who are coping with or who have survived breast cancer.
At Elements of Rockville Centre, we always ask for a history of health issues, so your licensed massage therapist will be well-aware prior to your session and can accommodate you accordingly. We also have custom-made massage tables that do not place any pressure on the breasts while you’re lying on your stomach.
Make sure to check in with your doctor prior to receiving a massage to make sure it’s advisable. We are not health care professionals.
5. Learn about your Cancer and Treatment
You may find that understanding exactly what you’re up against and how it’s going to be treated grants you a sense of control. Research it on the internet, ask your doctors questions and speak closely with survivors. Keep that sense of power throughout.
Feel free to share this information during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all-year round.
Disclaimer: Elements of Rockville Centre is not an organization of healthcare professionals. All authoritative claims in this blog have been linked to their sources.