Oct 5, 2017 by Comfort Keepers
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and unlike many age-related conditions, breast cancer often has no outward signs or symptoms. The two primary ways of identifying breast cancer are through self-examinations and mammograms. All women, from puberty onward, should conduct monthly breast examinations to check for lumps or unusual tenderness or pain. Once a woman passes menopause, she should have a mammogram at least every other year. Women who have an increased risk of breast cancer should have a mammogram every year starting at the age of 50.
Statistically, one in eight women in the United States will get breast cancer. This amounts to a full 30 percent of all diagnosed cancers in women.
Breast cancer risk is elevated in women who are obese, smoke, regularly drink, or who have a first-degree relative, such as a mother or sister, diagnosed with breast cancer.
Thankfully, breast cancer is highly treatable when diagnosed early. Even better, there are many different treatment options currently available. As a result, there are over three million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
For a senior who is diagnosed with breast cancer, the treatments may result in limitations in self-care. While some seniors may go through treatments without missing a step, others may require help with one or more of their daily living activities. In more severe situations, especially those involving surgery, a senior may require long-term care to remain safe and independent.
Comfort Keepers offers both short and long-term care for seniors in the comfort and convenience of their homes. From light housekeeping and laundry to meal preparation, transportation, running errands, and companionship, Comfort Keepers long-term care ensures seniors have the personalized support they need. When personal care is required, long-term care also helps with bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting, and hygiene.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, seniors should ensure they understand how to check for and reduce their risks of breast cancer. They should also be aware of the long-term care options available for them if they need it. For more information, contact a Comfort Keepers senior care coordinator today.
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