I love my breasts! They are definitely a part of my physique that makes me feel feminine and sexy. They also fed my sons for the first year of their lives. So I’d miss my breasts if they were gone and, for that reason, I’m doing everything I can to look after them.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so I decided it was timely to post this article. Several years ago, one of my mammograms detected some unusual breast tissue in my right breast. An ultrasound and biopsy ruled out cancer but I’ve been vigilant ever since about annual mammograms, ultrasounds and even MRI’s. This may sound like over-kill but, as far as I’m concerned, it’s worth the trouble. Fortunately, in Canada, our health care system covers those costs.
All you have to do is check out the latest statistics on breast cancer to know that all women should be protective of their breasts. Monthly breast self examinations are critical and the medical community recommends mammograms every two years for women over 50 years. For women who are considered high risk, for example, they have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer; more regular breast examinations are recommended.
Not convinced yet that you should pay more attention to your breasts? Maybe the following facts will convince you:
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). In 2010:
- An estimated 23,200 women will be diagnosed and 5,300 will die from breast cancer.
- An estimated 180 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 50 will die of it.
- On average, 445 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every week.
- On average, 100 Canadian women will die of breast cancer every week.
- (Source: Canadian Cancer Society)
I believe that by speaking out about breast cancer and becoming pro-active, we can all help each other! Let’s spread the word about this devastating disease and encourage our family members and friends to take better care of their bodies. Please feel free to share this blog post on your social media sites.
Do you know anyone suffering from breast cancer at the moment or have you lost someone in your life from this illness?