Post by Celesta Cheo, Public Relations Research
Let’s close this week’s discussion by looking at which activities women with MBC say they want to see more of...
Globally, the top five are written materials (for example brochures, books) (67%), MBC support groups (62%), educational public service announcements (58%), the assignment of a patient navigator, or case manager/worker at first diagnosis of MBC (57%), and conferences held for people with MBC (56%).
Other activities mentioned include recognition of public figures with MBC (49%), websites (48%), and free telephone workshops or teleconferences (43%).
However, preferences and the degree of support for each activity vary by country; particularly in the U.S., Argentina, and Mexico, where women are stronger advocates of having more MBC-related activities. For example:
- Most women (U.S. 86%, Argentina 88%, Mexico 90%, Poland 74%, the UK 74%, France 71%), except for a minority in Egypt (20%) and Belgium (44%), and about half in Spain (54%), would like more written materials.
- Most women in the U.S. (83%), Argentina (75%), and Mexico (90%) would like to see more research efforts to determine how long people with MBC are currently living. In contrast, a minority of women in the other countries feel this way (Egypt 33%, Poland 40%, the UK 42%, France 31%, Spain 45%, and Belgium 41%).
What do you think? If you or a loved one have been affected by cancer, what types of activities do you think would be helpful? Are there other activities you think would be worthwhile to do for women who have MBC? We’d love to hear your thoughts.