Fight Fearlessly: OncoNav Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer AwarenessBreast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women with over 3.3 million survivors alive in the United States today, accounting for 29% of newly diagnosed cancers. In fact, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. But even with alarming stats like these, the good news is that death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990. This is in part due to better screening and early detection, increased breast cancer awareness, and continually improving treatment options.

Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, cancer organizations around the country provide expanded screening and outreach services. OncoNav also invites you to “think pink” and show your support in the fight against breast cancer through education.

While most women are aware that screening is an important component of their health care routine, heightened coverage during throughout October serves as a reminder to encourage women to make an appointment for their clinical breast exam and mammogram.and access resources.

Fight Fearlessly

Many breast cancer survivors today are not only facing the challenges of their illness and treatments but also the burden of the lingering mental and physical effects that last long after treatment is over. These struggles are similar to those faced by nearly 15 million cancer survivors living in the United States.

As cancer treatments continue to improve, that number will grow, and millions more will be faced with learning to live a life forever impacted by cancer. As nurse navigators trained to help cancer survivors, we see the challenges they face every day. Yet, we draw hope in knowing that those challenges can be addressed.

Living with cancer does not have to mean compromising quality of life. As cancer awareness grows, so will the number of those who learn how to overcome barriers and enjoy life through survivorship.

Overcoming Barriers to Education

According to, barriers to breast cancer education include literacy, taboo, and fear. To overcome these barriers, they set out to bring awareness through an educational campaign, “know your lemons.”

It is estimated that 1 in 5 patients have low literacy in the USA. So, they designed the steps of diagnosis in a family-friendly visual way that separates the tie between breasts = sex and cancer = death by using a visual metaphor of a lemon to represent the breast. This not only serves as a powerful tool to illustrate signs of breast cancer while avoiding censorship, but also reaches those who may have challenges with reading or who may be embarrassed to talk about the topic.

Breast Cancer Awareness In the News

In addition to overcoming barriers and education, great strides are being made in breast cancer research every day. Here are a few recent topics in the news:

Women With Advanced Breast Cancer Are Surviving Longer, Study Says

A new study shows that the number of women in the United States who are living with advanced breast cancer is substantially on the rise. This reflects an improved survival among all ages.

Surprising Things That May Improve Breast Cancer Treatment

Sleep is a critical part of good health, and experts recommend that adults get between seven to nine hours each night. Accumulating research also suggests that the amount of sleep a woman gets is linked to better survival from breast cancer. Beyond taking care of your body, it is also important to take good care of your mind…when people feel tired, stressed or upset, they may perceive their physical symptoms of cancer as worse.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Affects Bone Mineral Before Spreading

When breast cancer metastasizes, or spreads, one of its most likely destinations is bone. In fact, four in five metastatic breast cancer patients will develop bone lesions, according to research published by the National Institutes of Health.

Triple-negative Breast Cancer: Is A New Treatment Within Reach?

Researchers are currently investigating a potential new avenue for the treatment of triple-negative breast cancer, which is a particularly aggressive breast cancer subtype.

New Study Recommendation Screenings to Be Based On Risk Rather than Age

Funded by the National Cancer Institute, this study concluded that women with low breast density and few (or no) risk factors only need a mammography screening every 3 years. For those high-risk women who have dense breasts, they should receive an annual screening.

OncoNav Patient Tracking Software for the Breast Health Navigator

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