Written by Larisa Odessky
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Show Your Pink Side
October is Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Facts & Figures
According to American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Facts and Figures, in 2011, there was an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer that were expected to be diagnosed among women, as well as an estimated 57,650 additional cases of non invasive breast cancer. Additionally, approximately 39,520 women were expected to die from breast cancer. Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women.
Additionally, about 2,140 cases of breast cancer were expected to occur among men, accounting for about 1% of all breast cancers. In addition, approximately 450 men were expected to die from breast cancer.1
Pharmacists Can Join the Fight
Pharmacists have a unique opportunity to join the fight against breast cancer, because of our close relationship and trust with patients and the health care community.
Take Action Steps:
- Remind your patients to schedule their annual mammogram. Also do not forget to schedule one for yourself.
- Talk to patients about side effects they might experience during treatment and recommend steps they could take to alleviate their symptoms. This includes over the counter medications and pain management.
- Direct patients to websites such as www.cancer.org for further education and support.
- Show that you care by wearing pink during the month of October.
- Pink scrubs, socks or ties among other accessories show everyone that you care for this issue and boost morale.
- Encourage your co-workers to wear pink to show solidarity.
3.) GET INVOLVED:
- Breast cancer affects many members of our community and our fellow pharmacists. Your involvement and caring can contribute to recovery and success of ending this fight. A kind word, a smile or a phone call, can mean the world to a person affected by this disease.
To quote Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, "People used to say everyone knows someone who's had breast cancer. In the past few weeks, I've learned something else: Everyone has someone close to them who has had breast cancer.” Let us show our support in the month of October and be pink with joy when we finally can end this fight.
1. American Cancer Society. Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2012. Atlanta: American Cancer Society, Inc.http://www.cancer.org/research/cancerfactsstatistics/breast-cancer-facts-figures