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Respite Care and Breast Cancer Awareness

Oct 16, 2017 by Tammara LaCasse

If you are the sole caregiver for your loved one, then you may be at your breaking point and ready for a break. While you likely already feel guilty about this, it is natural and you have nothing to worry about. If your loved one has breast cancer, you may be in need of respite care to alleviate your duties. Our professional respite caregivers will help your loved one with the tasks they need assistance with and oversee their activities while you are away.

October is breast cancer awareness month and what better time to address how important awareness and education actually is. Breast cancer afflicts many women in the US each year and early detection and treatment could be the answer to a good prognosis. Knowing the signs of breast cancer can help with early detection and it is important that both men and women perform a self-exam regularly to check for lumps. If your loved one receives respite care, their care provider can help them learn how to perform a self-exam, should they not know how.

Some of the most common symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • Skin irritation or skin dimpling
  • Swelling of part or all of the breast
  • Redness, thickening, or scaliness of the breast skin or nipple
  • Nipple discharge or nipple retraction
  • Breast or nipple pain that is unexplained

While a self-exam can help an individual identify a lump in their breast, mammograms are another good preventative measure. The mammogram uses low-level x-rays to scan the breast tissue and look for any masses or abnormal cells.

If you are looking for respite care for your loved one, now is the time for you to call Comfort Keepers in Boise, ID. Our team is prepared to help your loved one travel to and from their breast cancer checkups. 

Comfort Keepers of Boise, ID proudly provides respite care services to families throughout Ada County, Canyon County & More:

Boise, Caldwell, Eagle, Emmett, Garden City, Hidden Springs, Homedale, Houston, Kuna, Marsing, Meridian, Middleton, Mountain Home, Nampa, Notus, Orchard, Parma, Payette, Star, and Wilder

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