Oak Park Arms

Here’s to Your Health: Breast Cancer Awareness

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Oak Park Arms

Senior Health Seminar at the Oak Park ArmsA representative from Interim Healthcare will present a free program titled “Breast Cancer Awareness” at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 10, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Avenue. The presentation is free and open to the public.

October. It seems there are pink ribbons everywhere not to mention walk/runs, fundraisers, Sing for the Cure, Walk for the Cure, Taste for the Cure, all in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. These important events raise important money for research, and it is working. Today, there are two and half million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for American women. Over the past 50 years, the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer has increased each year which is due to earlier detection and better public education about the disease.

Over the past 20 years, great improvements have been made in the treatment of breast cancer, and as a result, the number of breast cancer survivors continues to rise. Unfortunately, the chance of getting breast cancer goes up as a woman gets older. Women 65 years or older comprise half of the new breast cancer patients annually.

There are many conflicting reports about treatment of elderly breast cancer patients. If a 90-year-old is diagnosed, are surgery and chemotherapy too debilitating to contemplate? In many cases, physicians have a hard time knowing what to advise.

In juggling decisions about treatment, clinicians and their patients are hampered by lack of clinical trial data relating to older women. But age is just one factor. Also vital to treatment decisions are functional ability, frailty and tolerance.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040.