October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

This summer, my Aunt Arlene was diagnosed with breast cancer after finding lumps in her breast. She went to her doctor and got mammographs, ultrasounds, and biopsies that confirmed that she did, indeed, have breast cancer. Three weeks ago she had a mastectomy and now we are awaiting information on what additional treatment is needed – hormonal or chemo. The doctor seemed pleased with how the surgery went and the most important thing in all of this is that she caught the cancer early. Early detection is really, really important.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has a really great webpage about being “breast aware”. Being “breast aware” means “to know how your breasts normally look and feel, so that you notice any unusual changes earlier and discuss your concerns with a health care provider.”

Breast cancer affects 1 in 9 Canadian women and an estimated 23,800 women and 200 men1 in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year2. Why not check out the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s website so you can learn more about how to be “breast aware”?

  1. That’s right guys – men can get breast cancer too, so you should also be “breast aware”. And I don’t mean in the way that you are usually aware of breasts – I mean your own! []
  2. Source: http://www.cbcf.org/bc/AboutBreastCancerMain/AboutBreastCancer/Pages/default.aspx []

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