5 Ways We Can Help Women with Breast Cancer

Posted on Oct 6 2016 - 3:47pm by Shiri

It was only 8 months ago when we get the shock of our lives: my sister’s best friend had just been diagnosed with stage level IV breast cancer.

We were all taken aback: first, because she’s so young (only 31) and second, because she was misdiagnosed with a benign tumor only months before and we thought she was in the clear.

Unfortunately, that’s not how it turned out and it turned her life (and my sister’s life) upside down. Through thick and thin, she is a fighter and after a few rounds of chemo, it’s looking very promising.

But unfortunately, over 508,000 women die per year from breast cancer. Research needs to continue, and we need to do our best to support women in need.

So what can we do to support fellow women and get closer to reaching a cure?

5 ways to help women with breast cancer

Raise fundraisers

Getting regular check-ups, doctors, chemo, surgeries and more is expensive and not everyone has the insurance and can always pay the required amount.

Sometimes even with insurance the person has to leave their job and can really use financial help.

One of the best ways to help is by setting-up fundraisers.

To help my sister’s friend, we ran a fundraiser on GoFundMe. It was incredible! Within 48 hours we raised the funds as she was such a beloved part of our community growing up. We even exceeded our goal. 🙂

Donate to cancer foundations

There’s a lot of research and headway being done to battle cancer, but there is added financial support needed to continue the research and advance our knowledge. The French Cancer Institute is currently developing innovative techniques that show a lot of promise.

Donating can help improve the research that we know about cancer and can help us reach place where we can find treatments for each individual.

If you are considering where to donate to advance cancer research, please support the French Cancer Foundation. They are doing wonderful work treating cancer patients.

Support them in a time of need

When going through the process of chemo there are many ways to help a woman in need. Being there for them is one of the most important things one can do.

Keeping them positive and helping them with keeping the environment clean and bacteria-fee (because their immunity is very low due to chemo) is very important. Even tho sometimes the struggles are hard and sad holding on, for them, is something that they will be thankful for all their lives.

Take part in pink ribbon campaigns

Campaigns are huge fundraisers meant to collect donations to further breast cancer research.

There are many types of pink ribbon campaigns from ‘Run for the Cure’ races and runs, to buying pink items for which profit is provided for research.

There are also many non-profit organizations constantly coming up with new Pink Ribbon campaigns, as well as individual supporters and small groups.

By taking part (whether through participation, fundraising or donating), we’re all doing our bit to help bring attention to the cause and raise funds towards research and treatment.

Encourage women to get mammograms

According to the American Cancer Society, only 67% of women over 40 are getting mammograms at a yearly rate, with a large percentage of uninsured women not getting mammograms at all.

Early detection can be the difference between catching breast cancer at early stages before it spreads or the tumor has increased in size. This could make a huge difference in treatment options, survivability chances, less need for surgery, etc.

Encourage other women to get yearly mammograms to reduce the mortality rate and ensure early detection of breast cancer for more women.

If you have personal stories to share or more tips, please tell us below!

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7 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Mary Burris October 14, 2016 at 9:38 pm -

    I’m very grateful that there are many ways to help women with breast cancer. I’d like to see more in the treatment and bringing to light of other female cancers such as uterine and ovarian cancer.

  2. Mai C. October 15, 2016 at 12:44 am -

    Breast cancer is terrible, well, any kind of cancer is. But it would always be nice to help out even if you can’t do it financially, you can do some volunteer work or show emotional support. These women go through so much pain everyday, it would be great to help ease what they’re feeling.

  3. Vyjay Rao October 15, 2016 at 6:31 am -

    We all need to unite in the fight against the Big C. I have seen people close to me fighting against Cancer and the entire experience is terrible and at the same time uplifting when you see the indomitable spirit of the survivors who have fought and won the battle.

  4. Chelley Martinka October 17, 2016 at 1:23 am -

    These are great ways to help. I have a dear friend who passed from breast cancer after her baby girl was born. I helped her family by donating my breast milk to the new baby. Such an awful disease.

  5. Marceline Dementori October 17, 2016 at 2:39 am -

    It would be nice to be able to help out especially since it’s a very common disease for women. Even doing volunteer work would be great.

  6. mail4rosey October 17, 2016 at 5:32 pm -

    It’s wonderful when people pull together to help. I think everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer.

  7. Lisa Rios October 18, 2016 at 2:14 pm -

    One of my aunt is diagnosed with Breast Cancer lately and I know how hard it is to deal with such horrible disease. These are some simple yet great ideas to make sure we can all help for the biggest cause & support for such women in all possible ways we could!