Rising Unemployment and Stressed Health Care System Put Breast Cancer Patients at Risk
Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading breast
cancer organization, announced today the creation of a new Komen COVID-19 Action Fund to help the
organization support the unique needs of people facing breast cancer during
this health and economic crisis. Rising unemployment, mandatory stay at home
orders, and an overburdened health care system is causing a perfect storm for breast
cancer patients who have questions or need care. Funds raised will ensure that
Komen is able to help those in need of support during this crisis.
“We know that people who have been impacted by
breast cancer, or who are concerned that they may have breast cancer, need help
getting the care they need now more than ever,” said Paula Schneider, CEO of
Susan G. Komen. “Whether it’s providing information, finding alternative resources
or helping people stay in treatment by providing financial assistance to help
remove barriers to care, we are here to help. But we can only be here for patients
if we have funds available to deploy in assisting them.”
Komen remains committed to doing whatever
it takes to save lives by supporting those most vulnerable within the breast
cancer community. The Komen COVID-19
Action Fund supports urgent needs among our breast cancer community today. Donors
to the fund ensure important services continue for those in need, including:
People and companies interested in supporting the
unique needs of breast cancer patients during this health crisis are encouraged
to visit coronavirus.komen.org to
learn more and to donate to the Fund.
For people looking for support, Komen’s
Breast Care Helpline can provide information, social support and help with
coping strategies related to anxiety or concerns during these uncertain times.
Calls to the helpline are answered by a trained and caring staff member in
English or Spanish, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. You
can reach the helpline by phone at 1-877-GO-KOMEN (465-6636), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Komen also noted that COVID-19 is disrupting routine screenings for many women and supports delaying screening during this heath crisis. However, Komen strongly encourages people to know what is normal for them, and to report to their health care provider any changes. The warning signs for breast cancer are not the same for all women.
The most common signs are changes to the look or feel of the breast, but a full
list of warning
signs for breast cancer
can be found on komen.org. Contact a doctor if you notice any change in your breast.