By Yona Mishanina,
Palm Beach Gardens Campus Editor
I strongly realize the importance to bring education and awareness on how breast cancer affects everyone to our community. Not only do I hear stories and watch news reports, but I also have a close family member who experienced the devastating effects of the illness.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To recognize it, Palm Beach County health care providers and organizations provide the latest advancements, educational information and funding for those who need help. Cancer treatment is a complex process.
Non-profit organizations, hospitals, doctors and businesses promote awareness and raise money for research, support groups and the medically underserved. Locally, these organizations may be the American Cancer Society, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) or the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Knowledge is power and there’s power in knowledge. It’s especially true when it comes to breast cancer.
Take the South Florida Affiliate of Komen which provides around $2 million dollars each year to research and educational organizations—and service to the community. Organizations like the American Cancer Society and Komen provide free support services for patients for a number of ongoing programs.
The programs that are most remarkable are the “Road to Recovery” and the “Breast Health Navigators.” “Road to Recovery” offers patients transportation from home to the hospital where they can receive a treatment.
This service is available for free through the American Cancer Society.
The other program, started four years ago at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is called “Breast Health Navigators.” This program offers a patient the services of oncology nurse who will guide the patient through the whole process of treatment—from filling out the paperwork to helping to make a right treatment decision.
Palm Beach State College students can also help the fight against breast cancer. The Boca Raton Campus is currently decorating pink bras. And then, they are going to join the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday, October 22. This event will be held at the Meyer Amphitheatre.