One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime, but the good news is that more and more women with breast cancer are living longer and surviving from a disease that is known to be the second leading cause of death in women.
When it comes to trends in breast cancer, the team at Induction Therapies likes to focus on one in particular: that there is a gradual decline in breast cancer occurring in women, which should give us all hope that a cure is on its way.
But that doesn’t dismiss the fact that there are women today who are or have suffered from breast cancer, and we acknowledge them too. There’s an inexplicable amount of strength, vulnerability and determination that comes with a cancer diagnosis; at Induction Therapies, we truly commend those who have fought and continue to fight through one of the most unforgiving diseases in the world.
The impact of breast cancer on women is stifling. It’s a disease that comes with an incredible amount of emotional twists and turns, from the most tenacious and hopeful to the bleak and helpless.
We want to talk to you about the many effects breast cancer has on patients and their families as well as the ways you can aid in preventative care and how Induction Therapies can help you get there.
The Many Faces of Cancer
A breast cancer diagnosis is not one that a patient eases into. Finding out that you have breast cancer is high-impact, where one moment you’re going about your day and the next you’re trying to absorb the fact that your life is at stake.
There are so many challenges that come along with such a sudden diagnosis, including the right way to inform your friends and family and determining the best methods to shape how others view you. Many patients struggle with the outpour of sympathy that they receive when before they were so accustomed to being a normal, healthy person like everyone else.
As cancer treatment begins, physical exertion changes. What was once an easy activity, like walking the dog or driving to work, can easily become tiring and strenuous. Watching your body change so rapidly can be jarring for many patients who are diagnosed and undergo aggressive treatment.
Other challenges include discussing the disease with individuals who may not understand a patient’s plight along with the overall stress that occurs when a patient has to assume their role as a mother, a friend or partner while also contending with cancer.
The side effects associated with most cancer treatments can also be difficult to bear and affects cognition, appearance, physical ability and mental health. It’s important for physicians, patients and families alike to understand what cancer is capable of as well as how women can continue to fight when faced with it.
Prevention Starts with You
Most cancer is treatable and beatable when discovered early; the sooner a patient is able to begin treatment, the more promising a positive outcome can be.
Therefore, it’s up to physicians to educate women about cancer prevention, which includes discussions about annual mammograms for women between the ages of 40-49 or every two years for women ages 50-74.
However, cancer isn’t unknown in younger women, although it is more rare. Teaching younger women about the importance of annual appointments with their OBGYN where they can receive a breast examination and learn ways to perform examinations on their own will ensure that the health of their breasts remains a priority.
As a physician, you understand the impact education can make when it comes to creating optimal results in patients, and breast cancer awareness is no different. By educating your patients about the importance of breast health, you are contributing to the gradual decline of cancer diagnoses.
Prevention also includes coping mechanisms for women who have already been diagnosed with cancer. Studies show that women who take on a more positive outlook for their diagnosis are stronger when fighting cancer and ultimately beating it. The more women acquire positive coping methods after being diagnosed, the more capable they are of passing on their methods to other patients and building a network of strength. Group support, group therapies and staying active with personally enjoyable activities along with general acknowledgement of their condition are just some of these positive coping mechanisms.
Another coping mechanism that patients seek is support from friends and family where everyone adopts a mentality that doesn’t involve feeling sorry for one’s self. What many patients come to realize is that strength is not only the ability to fight, but also the willingness to be scared, vulnerable and unsure about what’s to come.
How Collagen PIN Can Help
When grappling with a cancer diagnosis, one of the side effects that we tend to forget about is the change that happens or will happen to a patient’s appearance. These transformations to the body are part of the fight against cancer, but can also contribute to the many debilitating feelings that the disease creates.
Many women take pride in their appearance, and to watch it change so suddenly can be a shocking and unwelcome realization. Scars can form after surgical procedures and the stress that comes with medical treatment can age the skin profoundly.
Induction Therapies offers skin care solutions that treat many of the conditions a woman may face when battling cancer. We recommend our C10 and YESS serums, which are specifically formulated to reduce the appearance of pigmented spots, reduce appearance of scars, stimulate collagen production, and address fine lines and wrinkles that may appear during or after treatments.
Both products, combined with a regular skincare routine, will eliminate damaged skin cells and provide lasting rejuvenation over time. The ingredients used in each skin care solution are vegan, paraben free and gluten free, making them ideal for skin types that are more sensitive due to chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
As we continue to rally behind the women currently suffering from breast cancer and applaud those who have survived, we also need to continue educating our patients about the importance of preventative solutions as well as the treatments that will help restore the mind and body after cancer has been diagnosed.
For more information about what we offer at Induction Therapies and how we can improve your practice, call (877) 746-4407 and schedule a demo and consultation.