We recently wrote about the different types of pain that can occur as a result of cancer. Among those, breast cancer is among the most commonly diagnosed in women. About one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and Breastcancer.org estimates there will be more than 250,000 new cases diagnosed this year, or about 30 percent of all cancer diagnoses in women (as a side note, men are also at risk of breast cancer, occurring in about one in 1,000 men).

Breast cancer is a well-known and well-publicized disease, but that doesn?t mean we should ignore it. That?s why the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) started Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While breast cancer sometimes does not have any pain associated with it directly, treatments can sometimes cause fatigue, discomfort, pain and other side effects. Fortunately, many of these are treatable, and we often work with patients to ensure they are as comfortable as possible as they work to get healthy.

We here at Pain and Spine Specialists want to encourage all our patients, friends, family and readers to help raise awareness of both the challenges and successes of women fighting breast cancer. NBCF offers a number of things you can do to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month, including:

  1. Download their free breast health guide found at http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month
  2. Share your story of how you or a loved one have been affected by breast cancer
  3. Host an in-person or virtual fundraiser
  4. Make a one-time or ongoing donation
  5. Share educational content on their social media platforms: Facebook,?Instagram,?Twitter,?Pinterest

Are you or a loved one are suffering from chronic pain?

Be sure to schedule an appointment with one of our pain specialists. We treat many conditions and injuries of the back, neck, and spine by taking a whole-person approach to care. Our focus is getting you back on your feet in good health. In Maryland call 301.703.8767, or call 724.603.3560 in Pennsylvania to make an appointment.

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