Monthly Archives: October 2018

October is breast cancer awareness month, and there is certainly good reason for the amount of attention breast cancer should get – as 250,000 women in America are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

HOW TO OBSERVE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

1. Share a story
Cancer survivors, family members, caregivers and medical professionals have a chance to share their perspectives on how cancer impacts their lives.  Do an online search of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and you'll discover various organizations that have links to social media blogs, video platforms and more.  Upload your story and feel proud that you are one more voice of victory against this disease.

2. Think pink
Pink is the color du jour for October's campaign.  Some people change their website's background colors to pink for the month. Others rummage through their closets and pull out pink everything — sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves, entire outfits — even wigs! Many workplaces hold Pink Days to encourage coworkers to get involved in the fight against breast cancer.

WHY BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH IS IMPORTANT

A. It promotes self-care
Breast Cancer Awareness Month reminds women (and men ) that monthly breast cancer exams should be a regular part of one's self care.  If you have never performed a self-exam, ask your doctor or nurse practitioner to guide you through.  Look for changes within and surrounding your breast including dimpling, redness, scaliness or nipple discharge.  Granted, some breasts are a little more "lumpy" than others but changes in size or in the tissue should send up a red alert to make an appointment to see your physician.

B. It focuses on treatment
There are several different types of breast cancer.  Treatment options depend on various patient factors: the stage and specific type of cancer, age and overall health at the time of diagnosis, and the patient's personal and family history.  After the diagnosis, a patient should consult with family to choose a physician who can go over treatment options like surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and radiation,

C. It shouts the good news
The National Cancer Institute recently declared that the U.S. cancer rate fell for diagnosed women between 2006 - 2015.  Also, the FDA approved an at-home genetic testing kit for women to assess whether they carry any of the three gene mutations associated with breast cancer. Oncoplastic surgery, another positive option, is a surgical "two-fer" allowing the removal of cancerous breast tissue immediately followed by the re-sculpting of the breast's remaining tissue, restoring symmetry and a more natural appearance.

However, breast cancer is not the only serious health issue women should be concerned about.

Osteoporosis

Eight million women in American have osteoporosis.  During osteoporosis bones become brittle and fragile, which could lead to hip fractures (especially in the elderly) and can cost them their independence and mobility.

The aids for daily living section on our website are perfect for those patients that require a little extra assistance in their day-to-day lives.

Sleep Disorders

According to the National Sleep Foundation sleep disorders more common among women include restless legs syndrome and insomnia.

Women report the most sleeping problems from peri-menopause to post-menopause because of the hormonal changes and stress related to such changes.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, 61% of post-menopausal women report insomnia symptoms and are less satisfied with their sleep.

There are some tricks and tools you can use to help you get a good night’s sleep.  Wholesale Point has several sound machines to help you sleep, leg spacers to relieve pressure on your spine for a better night’s sleep, and mouthguards to prevent teeth grinding and clenching.

Interstitial Cystitis

This chronic condition is a painful bladder syndrome affects 3.3 million women.  The symptoms are similar to a urinary tract infection – frequent urination and discomfort and pain in the bladder and pelvic area – and it is often mistaken for such.  IC can be managed by avoiding spicy and acidic foods, coffee and tea.

Clean, sanitary, absorbent and discreet Adult Diapers and Briefs are always available at Wholesale Point.  Patients can live productive lives without fear or embarrassment through the effective and safe use of these incontinence products, including adult diapers if necessary.

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