Breast Cancer Awareness- Check More, Fear Less!

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I would like to share some encouraging thoughts with those who have been touched by breast cancer, and to bring awareness to everyone about breast cancer.

When you have been touched by breast cancer personally, through a family member, friend or someone you know it can be a difficult experience, because you see your loved one in pain and there isn’t much you can do.  But there is still a lot you can do to support them and ease their pain.

Here are some ways you can support a loved one battling breast cancer and other forms of cancer:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month- Photo Credit: Marie-Paul Duwai-Sowa/Illuminessencemag

HOW TO SUPPORT

  • Keep the person in good spirits
  • Keep them updated about health trends
  • Keep them company
  • Support them, their family and kids (if they have any)
  • Help them with errands

HOW TO PREVENT

  • Less alcohol consumption
  • Avoid smoking
  • Try to be physically active
  • Limit exposure to radiation and pollution
  • Know your whole family history
  • Check yourself

FACTS ABOUT BREAST CANCER

  • Breast cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer
  • Over 72 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer everyday- that’s 3 women every hour!
  • Over 26,300 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year
  • Did you know that breast cancer will affect 1 in 8 Canadian women in their lifetime?
  • An estimated 5000 Canadian women will pass on from breast cancer this year alone
  • An estimated 14 Canadian women will pass everyday
  • Men also get breast cancer
  • Over 230 Canadian men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year
  • Around 43 men will also die from breast cancer this year
  • Not all lumps are breast cancer
  • Breast cancer isn’t always acquired or detected through family history

Breast Cancer Awareness Month- Photo Credit: Marie-Paul Duwai-Sowa/Illuminessencemag

Marie-Paul Duwai-Sowa is the author of MP's Zone, a column to inspire tweens and teens. She loves to write, read, draw and spend time with her family.

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