FRAMINGHAM – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Today, October 5, City of Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer released a video.
“While this year is shaping up to be one that is focused on new health challenges, sadly breast cancer continues to be an issue for too many people. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, this year in the U.S., 276,480 women and 2,620 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer,’ said the Mayor.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, there are a few ways you can help someone who has been diagnosed.
1.Ask “when”, rather than “what.” For instance: “When can I do your grocery shopping?” Helpful acts can often ease the anxiety of finding the right words of support.
2.Keep in touch and listen Send a card, make a phone call. People with cancer often have lots of support when they are first diagnosed, but cancer treatment can be lengthy. There are no ‘right’ words. Just keep in touch as time passes.
3. Help with childcare. Treatment can be time-consuming and tiring. At the same time, the children may have greater needs than ever before.
“These are just a few examples of what you can do to support someone with breast cancer this month or any month. Also, don’t forget about yourself! Talk to your doctor about breast cancer and your risk factors. So, while we are doing our best to protect ourselves and loved ones against COVID-19, also be mindful of helping others. As always, be safe and be healthy Framingham,” concluded the Mayor.