OUR MISSION is supporting cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. We provide supportive services to underserved communities comprised of low-income patients.
OUR FOCUS is to bring awareness to health disparities among uninsured families who can’t afford treatment. Having access to affordable healthcare is essential for individuals diagnosed with cancer who are likely more than to face financial hardship due to treatment cost.
OUR COMMITMENT to serve as a community resource is distributed through a network of volunteers, service agencies, and referral programs.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY BREAST CANCER 2018 ESTIMATES
Cancer Facts & Figures 2018 is an educational companion for Cancer Statistics 2018, a scientific paper published in the American Cancer Society journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
The Facts & Figures annual report provides:
Estimated numbers of new cancer cases and deaths in 2018 (In 2018, there will be a estimated 1,735,350 of new cancer cases diagnosed and 609,640 cancer deaths in the United States.)
CHEMOTHERAPY AND HAIR LOSS
According to Breast Cancer Org (2014) hair loss occurs when chemotherapy targets all rapidly dividing cells—healthy cells as well as cancer cells. The Hair follicles, structures in the skin are filled with tiny blood vessels that make hair, which are some of the fastest-growing cells in the body. As the chemo does its work against cancer cells, it also destroys hair cells.
Generally, within a few weeks of starting chemo, you may lose some or all of your hair. If you are having chemotherapy, your hair loss may be gradual or dramatic: clumps in your hairbrush, handfuls in the tub drain or on your pillow. Whichever way it happens, it's startling and depressing, and you'll need a lot of support during this time. Some chemotherapy drugs affect only the hair on your head. Others cause the loss of eyebrows and eyelashes, pubic hair, and hair on your legs, arms, or underarms.