According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 25 million women around the world will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the next 25 years, and10 million of them will not survive.
Maimah says there are things you can do to help. For starters, give these men and women hands-on support—literally. "People need to be touched because you feel so alone. You feel so isolated," she says. Offering to be a treatment buddy is a great way to lend some extra support, as well.
Too many women battling breast cancer overestimate what they can realistically accomplish, so don't be afraid to step in and offer your help—even if it's for day-to-day tasks like grocery shopping and cleaning. "If they say, 'I don't need help; I'm strong,' don't listen to that woman. She's being superwoman. Ignore her," Maimah says.
Christina says one of the greatest gifts you can give to any woman in your life is education and encouragement to seek out early detection. "We've got to have early detection, early screening, prevention," Christina says. "Why I've come out is because I am a perfect example of early detection in that I'm not going to die from this disease." To continue raising awareness, Christina has started Right Action For Women (www.rightactionforwomen.org), a foundation dedicated to this cause.
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