Support vital for those battling breast cancer

Connie Sieh Groop
Special to the Farm Forum

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. Erin Noel, of the North Region of the American Cancer Society, Inc. said that last year, the American Cancer Society responded to 1.4+ million calls and live chats, providing direction and answers to survivors and caregivers about breast cancer concerns.

Nationwide, the estimated new cases in 2020 for females is 276,480 and for males, 2,620. The estimated deaths in 2020 are 42,170 for females and 520 for males. In South Dakota, the number of estimated female new cases are 720, 110 deaths; North Dakota 590 new cases, 80 deaths and Minnesota, 4,670 new cases and 630 deaths.

If you have breast cancer, you may want to connect with someone who knows what you’re feeling – someone who has “been there.” Through the American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery program, you can have an online chat with a trained volunteer who has survived breast cancer and understands what you are going through.

Noel said, “Our volunteers provide one-on-one support to help you cope with treatment, side effects, talking with friends and family, working during treatment, and more. Visit reach.cancer.org to join today. Feeling your best is important during cancer treatment. Our Tender Loving Care (TLC) program offers affordable wigs, scarves, turbans, and bras that are readily available for purchase from the privacy of your own home. Visit tlcdirect.org.”

The American Cancer Society is available around the clock, 365 days a year answering all your questions via our cancer helpline at 1.800.227.2345 or via live chat at cancer.org

If you or someone you love needs information about breast cancer, visit cancer.org/breastcancer.