Every October, we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer, supporting those affected by it, and promoting early detection. For seniors who may be dealing with breast cancer themselves or have loved ones facing this diagnosis, understanding the facts about breast cancer, knowing available resources, and learning how to provide the right support are crucial.


Understanding the Facts About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a complex disease, but knowledge is power. Here are some key facts to be aware of:

Age and Risk: The risk of breast cancer increases with age, making it essential for seniors to remain vigilant about breast health. Flagship Health offers preventative screenings and provides same-day services.

Early Detection: Early detection through regular mammograms, clinical breast exams, and self-exams is crucial for better treatment outcomes.

Types and Stages: There are various types and stages of breast cancer, each requiring specific treatment approaches.

Treatment Options: Treatment options may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy, or a combination of these.


Resources for Those with Breast Cancer

Seniors facing breast cancer, as well as their loved ones, can find valuable resources and support:

Healthcare Providers: Experienced oncologists, surgeons, and support staff provide medical care and guidance throughout the cancer journey.

Support Groups: Local and online support groups offer a sense of community and a safe space to share experiences and advice.

Breast Cancer Organizations: Nonprofits such as the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen provide information, financial assistance, and support services.

Counseling and Therapies: After a diagnosis, mental health is often neglected while pursuing treatment of a physical ailment. Psychological support and counseling can help individuals cope with the emotional and mental aspects of breast cancer. Flagship Health can help coordinate behavioral health supports and services in conjunction with our advanced primary care services.


Supporting Loved Ones

Supporting a loved one facing breast cancer requires understanding, empathy, and active involvement:

Listen and Communicate: Encourage open and honest communication. Let your loved one express their feelings and concerns without judgment.

Offer Practical Assistance: Provide help with daily tasks, transportation to appointments, and meal preparation to alleviate some of the burdens. Assistance with small tasks can help your loved one focus on their wellness.

Attend Appointments: Accompany your loved one to medical appointments, take notes, and ask questions to ensure they fully understand their treatment plan. Remind them they are not fighting alone. Our Provider Team is supportive of what you need to feel most comfortable with your treatment plan.

Respect Choices: Respect your loved one's decisions regarding treatment, and provide emotional support for the choices they make.

Maintain Normalcy: While it's important to offer support, try to maintain a sense of normalcy in your loved one's life by engaging in activities they enjoy.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as a reminder of the importance of early detection, support, and community. For seniors and their families facing breast cancer, it's a time to come together, seek knowledge, and provide unwavering support.

At Flagship Health, we understand the challenges seniors may encounter during their breast cancer journey, and we are committed to providing comprehensive care, resources, and support.

If you’re looking for a partner in navigating your journey with breast cancer, connect with us today.