A Message from Komen Charlotte Regarding the COVID-19
Our hearts go out to all those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Komen Charlotte is resolved to remain strong for everyone touched by this pandemic and most especially for the breast cancer patients, survivors, those living with metastatic disease and families who need our steadfast and continued support.
In an effort to safeguard the health of the community we serve, our physical office is closed, staff members are working remotely and we postponed the Pink Sunday/Domingo Rosado event. However, we are all here to support you and are available by phone (704-347-8181), email (firstname.lastname@example.org or by staff person) and on social media at @komencharlotte (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn). Please reach out to us if there is anything we can do to help.
Breast Health Helpline 1-877-GO-KOMEN (465-6636)
Additionally, Susan G. Komen’s Breast Care Helpline is continuing to operate, providing an important resource for women and men who cannot get in to see a health care provider in person. Our toll-free helpline is available to help patients, their families and loved ones going through breast cancer so that no one feels alone in a time of need.
Komen’s Beast Care Helpline can provide information, social support and help with coping strategies related to anxiety or concerns during these uncertain times. Calls to the helpline are answered by a trained and caring staff member in English or Spanish, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. You can reach the helpline by phone at 1-877-GO-KOMEN (465-6636), or by email at email@example.com
The Centers for Disease Control is clear in their guidance for people who are at higher risk, including people living with breast cancer or who have a compromised immune system: avoid attending any large gathering and stay home as much as possible. If you are breast cancer patients under treatment with scheduled appointments keep in contact with your physician’s office about your schedule.
If you are currently in breast cancer treatment, a breast cancer survivor or MBC thriver, or live / visit with someone who is currently in breast cancer treatment or a breast cancer survivor or MBC thriver, please follow these precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place (if soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol).
- Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
- Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
Although COVID-19 is disrupting routine screenings for many women, we support delaying screening during this heath crisis, if possible. We strongly encourage everyone to know what is normal for you, and to report to your health care provider any changes you observe. The warning signs for breast cancer are not the same for all women. The most common signs are changes to the look or feel of the breast, but a full list of warning signs for breast cancer can be found here. Contact a doctor if you notice any change in your breast.
The world may stop, but breast cancer keeps going. Komen Charlotte is here to help you fight it.