You’re Not Alone: Breast Cancer Support and Resources

| Posted On Oct 12, 2012 | By:

breast cancer awarenessThe month of October and the color pink are closely associated with breast cancer awareness month. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the US during 2019. Excluding can­cers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. At this time there are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.

Mammograms are one of the most important tools clinicians have to help them evaluate the breast. They are also a critical tool to follow women who’ve had breast cancer. Although mammograms do not prevent breast cancer, they can save lives by finding breast cancer as early as possible.

The American Cancer Society recommends:

If you have certain risk factors, you should discuss an appropriate screening program with your doctor.

A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming, but women need to know they are not alone.  Whether you or someone you know needs emotional or financial support, a ride to treatment or assistance with cooking or cleaning, help is out there.  We have put together a helpful list of resources:

The American Cancer Society (

The Ellie Fund (

National Cancer Institute (


Cleaning for a Reason (

CancerCare (

The Hematology/Oncology Department and the Surgery Department of Atrius Health work collaboratively in the care of breast cancer patients.  Our mission is to provide our patients with state-of-the-art treatments delivered in a comfortable and compassionate manner.

Updated 10/8/19

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  1. What a great list of resources ! Thanks so much

    Comment by Valerie Ricker on October 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm
  2. Such a great resource on one page. Wish I’d seen this when I was diagnosed. Will pass along to others in the midst of treatment and recovery. Thank you HVMA.

    Comment by Pam Thompson on November 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm
  3. Thank you for adding to the cancer awareness community. Every contribution is helpful to the cause. I wrote a song about cancer called Not a Scarlet Letter that you may enjoy or hopefully find helpful. You can find the song on you tube at

    Comment by Thomas on January 15, 2013 at 12:39 pm

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