Did you know that each year, 182,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 43,300 die? One woman in eight either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In addition, 1,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 400 will die this year.
The above statistics are scary to say the least. If you have loved ones or friends that have been diagnosed with breast cancer, I am sure you’ve often wondered what, if anything, you can do to help them.
Here are some gifts that are appropriate for cancer patients, and their families to give encouragement, and support.
Probably one of the most important gifts you can offer, is the gift of your time: time to listen, and time to be with them as they accept the fact that they have cancer, and go through their treatment.
A small journal is another idea: they can put on paper their thoughts, their struggles, and their accomplishments as they fight this battle.
A book of inspiring, encouraging words will do wonders for their soul. One suggestion would be Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul: 101 Stories of Courage and Inspiration from Those Who Have Survived Cancer.
Don’t forget a nice teddy bear they can hug, and a CD of soft, comforting, music.
Some cancer patients develop sensitivity to fragrance, so please stay away from scented items.
Again, remember that at times, all they need is to have someone to talk to, or hold their hand: be there for them!
For your information:
If detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer exceeds 95%. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram.
Don’t miss your mammogram this year. Several national organizations will have a list of the facilities that participate in National Mammography Day. To find a place near you, call:
American Cancer Society
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO)
National Cancer Institute
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization