Wednesday, 1 April 2015

How do Breast Cancer Society Events help Cancer Patients and Survivors

Cancer is a dreaded disease that strikes fear in the bravest of hearts. Even in the modern times when there are a number of treatment options available for cancer, people still fear the ailment. The fear is not unfounded either because even if treatment for cancer is available, sometimes the treatment can be more painful and taxing than the ailment itself. One of the most common types of cancers among women is breast cancer and many women lose if not their lives then their self confidence to it. This is the reason that many caring individuals and groups have come up in support of the women battling this dreaded ailment. These support groups often host breast cancer society events which provide the cancer patients and survivors with a much needed break from their constant worry and fear.

These events are usually a lot of fun for the participants and make them forget their troubles for some time. At the same time, at these events they are able to meet other survivors and patients who understand exactly where the shoe pinches. The survivors are able to offer a lot of support and courage to those who are newly diagnosed. These events generate funds which will be utilized in helping those who cannot afford the diagnosis process, treatment and medicine.

The newly diagnosed cancer patients are able to get tips about dealing with the fear, pain and anguish from those who have survived the disease. Sometimes women suffering from breast cancer lose their breast, and this can be a great blow to the self esteem of a woman and can also affect her romantic relationships. This is also an aspect that these women learn to cope with from the survivors who have been through a similar trauma. What’s more the groups that conduct breast cancer society events don’t just concentrate on fun and games. Instead they provide the cancer patients and survivors with information about how to deal with the disease. This information can be found on their user friendly websites.
Not only this, there is also relevant information about the current research in the treatment of cancer and its causes, clinical trials, research grants, public health advertising campaigns, etc. These groups essentially pay tribute to all those who have lost their lives to cancer and celebrate the victory of the survivors. Apart from providing much needed support to cancer patients and survivors, they also do a lot of work towards raising awareness about the ailment in society. Often the difference between life and death for a cancer patient is the diagnosis of the ailment at the right time and it takes some self examination to determine whether or not you should go for further tests and such information provided by these groups can save lives.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness Donations: How to Avoid Getting Scammed

Many philanthropists have been discouraged from donating to different cancer society’s due to the increased cases of fraud, scams and unaccountability. This has led to the increased suffering of those who were benefiting from such kinds of donations. Several breast cancer nongovernmental organizations have not been left out of this fraud. Most of these organizations were established with only one main reason, to benefit from the vulnerable.

The first thing you need to do before you sign that cheque or before clicking that button donate to breast cancer awareness is to ascertain the genuineness of the breast cancer society in question. Although the above points are important, they aren’t as important as what happens within the breast cancer society itself. In fact, it’s what goes on inside the office that makes the government and those reviewing the society to give it the positive feedback. What exactly is it that these groups are talking positive about a given breast cancer society?

A breast cancer society that works with other organizations is probably a genuine one. As a donor, if you come across a breast cancer society that works with other organizations, bodies and institutions to direct their assistance to those with breast cancer, then this is the right place to donate to. This is because if they are working with several organizations, they probably do not have something to hide. An organization that works singly will most likely be concerned on how to keep more for them. A  genuine breast cancer society most probably works with hospitals, clinics, schools, missions and other bodies to channel their assistance to those infected with and those affected by breast cancer
The second important thing is how the money is being used. There are so many researches going on about how to prevent, how to cure or how to contain breast cancer. It is not wrong to do these researches, but is right to leave those who are already infected to continue suffering. The most important thing a cancer society must do is to direct most of their resources to those affected and infected than to any other department.

Most societies today are not accountable of where funds, donations, grants and other forms of income go to. The best way of being accountable is by making accounting reports to be easily accessible by anyone. Auditing results should be available both in hard copy and on the websites of a given breast cancer society. Let the auditing be done by an external or an independent auditor and not your own auditor. By these, donors can be able to understand how their money is being spent.

A genuine breast cancer society is concerned about the well being of the patient. If on the auditor’s report you realize that there is either no or just some little money directed directly to the patient, you can as well not donate to this society

Breast cancer awareness Week: Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer

They say experience is the best teacher. In anything that needs learning, the best person to teach you is either a person who has experienced that thing either first hand or secondarily. When we talk of breast cancer awareness, the best people to make an impact in other people’s lives are either those who have suffered from breast cancer before or those who have had their relatives suffer from this condition.  You either have successfully fought the pain or you sister died of it or you mother is currently having the pains of breast cancer or even your daughter…

That’s why when we talk about breast cancer awareness, no one is considered to be more influential than Peggy Or en-stein who happens to be the bestselling author who wrote “Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer” that was published on the New York Times Magazine on the breast cancer awareness week.  Peggy survived breast cancer twice and yet she does not like referring to herself as one. She prefers to call herself a victim of breast cancer rather than a survivor. Her argument is,if she calls herself a survivor of this deadly disease, those who succumb to the condition will be referred to as losers which are not really right.

At first, Peggy believed that mammogram saved her life. That was back in 1996 when she was just 35 and her doctor sent her for initial screening. However, it’s not till the age of 40 that she made it an annual practice to go for mammograms. Peggy had no family history of breast cancer and thought of no risk factors for the condition.

When the radiologist came across a bicycle-spoke-like odd pattern on the film and sent Peggy for a biopsy, she was still not worried. After all, no one gets a breast cancer at 35. However, confusion, fear and anger were to follow. It was good news that the patterns were detected early and a six week radiation treatment meant she would survive.

Coincidentally, a few weeks after this diagnosis, the National Institute of Health appointed a panel that made headlines by declining to recommend universal screening to be done on women in their 40’s because there was no evidence to show a significant decrease of breast cancer deaths in that age group. Due to the dense breast tissue, it was possible for younger women to be a subject of misappropriate false negatives and false positives. These conclusions didn’t go well with Peggy.

Sixteen years down the line, she has a changed thinking. This is because several studies have been revealing the screening limits as well as dangers associated with over treatment. These studies are so important since they are educating women on how to detect, when to detect and how to deal with breast cancer. That apart, breast cancer awareness week is earmarked to spread awareness about fighting the disease. It is not just during the breast cancer awareness week, but people have to fight round the clock to get the disease under control.