A Guide to Breast Cancer Awareness

A Guide to Breast Cancer Awareness

October 5, 2021 By Brooke Davis
Categories: Blog

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is recognized every October to raise awareness of the disease and help women in need today. In 2019, an estimated 3.8 million individuals were living with a history of breast cancer in the United States. Breast cancer is known as the 2nd leading cause of cancer death for women and affects every 1 in 8 women. Senior care franchises provide a unique opportunity to care for seniors in the community while creating strong income potential. Senior Helpers franchise offer a variety of services to help individuals with day-to-day activities, including surgery assistance or chronic disease care.

As seniors age, it is important to be aware of the risk factors and warning signs of breast cancer and other diseases. Some factors that increase a women’s risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer include:

  • Getting older
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Never having children
  • Long menstrual history
  • Having dense breasts
  • Genetic mutations
  • Being over the age of 30 at first full-term pregnancy

Women over the age of 65 should be aware of the symptoms and signs that point to having breast cancer and should contact their doctor if they experience the following:

  • Change in how the breast or nipple feels
  • Change in the breast or nipple appearance
  • Nipple discharge – clear or bloody

Five treatment options are used to treat breast cancer and most treatment plans include a combination of different options such as surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapies. Some treatments are local and target the area of the tumor, whereas others are systemic and target your whole body with cancer-fighting agents. If you or someone you know have symptoms or a high risk of getting breast cancer, contact your doctor to go over your options for screening.

At Senior Helpers, we can help make your loved ones feel comfortable and safe while at home. With our surgery assistance and sitter services, we can provide 24-hour a day compassionate care to your loved ones in a medical facility. By opening a franchise with Senior Helpers, you can provide an essential service to seniors in your community and create a strong business opportunity. We are one of the nation’s premier providers of in-home care with over 340 franchise locations across the United States and internationally. To learn more about our franchise opportunity, fill out our contact form or call us at 1-877-376-7120.