Screening and Early Detection are Key in the Battle Against Breast Cancer

Between 1989 and 2014, breast cancer deaths decreased 38% due to improvements in early detection and effective treatment. More than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors live in the United States, with worldwide numbers above 6 million.

Still, one in eight women in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Worldwide, breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual national health campaign organized by major charities to increase awareness, raise funds for research into cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of breast cancer. Visit for information regarding education; support services; and personal experiences related to breast cancer.

Screening tests are used to find breast cancer before any warning signs or symptoms exist. For those diagnosed with breast cancer, early detection is the ultimate goal; increasing both treatment options available and survival rate.

Susan G. Komen Foundation emphasizes the importance of early detection through regular breast exams and mammography. Learn more about clinical breast exams, mammography, and breast MRI’s on the website: Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to increase awareness of the importance of these regular screenings.

If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, you and your family have support available in the community. Services include: financial assistance; transportation; patient advocacy; assistance with prescriptions; and support groups. Cancer CAREpoint provides no-cost caregiver support groups, yoga classes, meditation, and nutrition information (among other services) for those living with cancer and their families. Visit:

Contact a Sourcewise Community Resource Specialist to learn about community resources: (408) 350-3200, option 1.

Advocates for Long-Term Care Residents 

Living in a long-term care facility such as a nursing home may often not be the first choice for anyone. Some people have no other option but to live in a facility and for this reason, it is important that their rights are protected.   According to an article...

Recognize National Senior Citizens Day 

President Reagan declared August 21, 1988, to be the first National Senior Citizens Day. Since then, it has been celebrated on August 21 every year. This day was designated by the former president to honor the many senior citizens in the United States that have made...

Stay Safe from the Summer Heat  

Summer is here! While some people may love to have some fun in the sun, it is important to keep safety precautions in mind. Older adults, especially those with existing health problems, are at greater risk when facing high temperatures  Excessive heat can be dangerous...

Advanced Directives for Health Care Options 

An advanced directive often referred to as a “living will” or “health care power of attorney,” is a legal document providing guidance to medical professionals regarding the type of treatment one will allow in the event of a medical emergency when they may be unable to...

Respite Tips for Family Caregivers 

Being a family caregiver can be demanding and more stressful during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent article written by Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief of Today’s Caregiver, he shares tips on how to achieve one day of COVID-19 safe respite per week for the rest of the...