Rethink Breast Cancer urges Ontario MPP's to consider the needs of young
women with breast cancer in the province.
TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Kicking off breast cancer awareness month,
Rethink Breast Cancer is meeting with Members of Provincial Parliament,
and their staff, as part of their national efforts to raise awareness
about the unmet needs of young women diagnosed with breast cancer.
In the spring, Rethink released the results of its first-ever,
large-scale quantitative survey of younger breast cancer patients (20
to 45 years old) entitled "Breast Cancer: The Younger Woman's Journey"
(http://bit.ly/1edlPG1) which found that age does have an impact on the breast cancer
experience. Women in this age group face many unique challenges that
are not being met by our current health care systems.
Rethink Breast Cancer (Rethink) attributes two key factors to younger
women having a more difficult breast cancer experience than older women
- aggressiveness of cancer treatment and life-stage - and is putting
young women on the province's agenda.
"When younger women get breast cancer, it often spreads more
aggressively, leading to tougher treatments and lower survival rates,"
said MJ Decoteau, Executive Director of Rethink Breast Cancer. "Add
age-specific issues as fertility, diagnosis during
pregnancy, childcare, and financial security, and breast cancer becomes
a triple threat to younger women. We think it is important that policy
makers understand and address the unique needs of this community."
Rethink calls for action
Rethink Breast Cancer has identified two key priority areas for
immediate action that could significantly assist with the challenges
facing younger women diagnosed with breast cancer: the development of
a Patient Bill of Rights for Younger Women with Breast Cancer, and a
call for Nurse Navigation services be available to all Canadian women.
A Patient Bill of Rights for Younger Women with Breast Cancer would
ensure that all community and health care workers are aware of the
unique challenges with which younger women are confronted during
diagnosis, treatment and recovery. By creating protocols, a Patient
Bill of Rights would be an important step towards improving the
experience of younger breast cancer patients.
Extensive research has been done on the positive impact nurse navigators
can have on cancer patients. Rethink is calling for Nurse Navigation
services to be available to all breast cancer patients, which would
significantly improve patients access to tailored information,
resources and support services for younger women. Nurse Navigators can
play a major role in supporting and upholding a Patient Bill of Rights
for Younger Women with Breast Cancer.
About Rethink Breast Cancer
Rethink Breast Cancer is the first Canadian charity that focuses
fearlessly and uniquely on the awareness, support, research and
advocacy needs of younger women who are concerned about and affected by
breast cancer. www.rethinkbreastcancer.com.
SOURCE: Rethink Breast Cancer
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