Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Every two minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer.
As one of the most common cancers among women, it is no surprise that a full month out of the year is dedicated to raising awareness. Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection, and treatment of this disease.
Over the years, the familiar pink ribbon has launched fundraising efforts that bring millions of dollars into breast cancer research. As a result, more treatments are becoming available and more breakthroughs are happening. Despite this advancement, however, breast cancer patients may not take medications as prescribed for chronic diseases in the first year after treatment, according to an analysis involving more than 36,000 women. In the past decade, there has been an increase in the development and use of oral anti-cancer medications. Adherence rates for these medications are often suboptimal, leading to lower survival rate, increased risk of recurrence, and higher healthcare costs.
The barriers to adherence can be difficult to break through. Type of insurance is a major factor that many have no control over. However, the other main problems reflected in the study have a solution. Older age, number of medications, and having more than one condition were all cited as a major barrier to medication adherence.
Medicine-On-Time can help manage the complex medication schedule that cancer brings. We know that there’s enough to worry about - in our simple, color-coded calendar cards, medications are packaged into the proper dosages and clearly labeled for easy, consistent compliance. Medicine-On-Time’s proven adherence solutions help optimize patient quality of life and decrease the risk of hospital readmission. These benefits not only bring peace of mind, but can save someone at risk.
Despite the pretty pink ribbons, breast cancer is an ugly disease. It’s hard, it’s painful, and for 40,000 women every year, it’s a lost battle. For women in the United States, breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer. There’s still a long way to go before the promise of a cure is a reality, but we can all still put up a fight. Fight for a cure, fight for your loved ones, fight for yourself - but most importantly, fight like a girl.