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Your help is needed now more than ever.
Susan G. Komen Upstate New York established the Komen Atlanta COVID-19 Action Fund to support urgent needs among our breast cancer community today.
Who is at Risk?
The corona virus pandemic is new, unprecedented and confusing. Komen Upstate New York is committed to keeping you informed with the latest news and guidance as the situation evolves.
Those most vulnerable within the breast cancer community include those living with metastatic breast cancer, breast cancer patients and survivors. Certain breast cancer therapies can cause immune systems to be compromised both during and long after treatment ends.
You can help ensure support continues for those in need, including:
Komen’s breast care and clinical trial information helpline.
Helping patients stay in treatment through assistance programs.
Guiding patients through difficult decisions and providing social and emotional support.
Advocating for breast cancer patients, research, and needs among policy makers.
Funding for lifesaving research and clinical trials.
Take precaution, What you need to know:
Screening Mammography during COVID-19
Susan G. Komen® suggests that healthy women of average risk delay routine breast cancer screening until later this year. However, people who are displaying warning signs for breast cancer should contact their health provider to determine their need for diagnostic imaging. This recommendation is to minimize exposure to and potential spreading of COVID-19 and to help support the health care system’s need to focus scarce health care capacity and resources on managing the pandemic and those most in need of support.
Please know that warning signs for breast cancer are not the same for all women. The most common signs for breast cancer are changes to the look or feel of the breast. Visit komen.org to learn more about the warning signs for breast cancer. See a doctor if you notice any change in your breast.
Coronavirus – What People with Cancer Should Know…
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published guidance and information on their website specifically for patients undergoing cancer treatments:
Support for breast cancer patients and survivors is imperative.