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How to support breast cancer survivors

People walk along San Diego Bay during the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk, Nov. 24, 2016.
Courtesy of Susan G. Komen
People walk along San Diego Bay during the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk, Nov. 24, 2016.

During October everywhere you turn there are pink ribbons and fundraisers to help raise money for research and awareness of a disease that affects one in eight women.

Research funding has aided in advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. For many, that’s the reason to celebrate. But for some living with or who have had breast cancer, the month of October can be triggering.

And not just for the 3.8 million survivors in the U.S., but for those who have lost someone to breast cancer as well. So, how can those impacted cope and how can those close to them help?

Dr. Carrie Costantini, a breast medical oncologist with Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, joined Midday Edition on Wednesday to answer those questions.

“I think it’s important to recognize that any breast cancer patient either undergoing treatment or a breast cancer survivor is going to experience the month of October differently," she said. "Some identify very strongly as a cancer survivor and participate fully in different events that occur while others are more introspective and private and focus on moving forward with different aspects of their life.”