It is estimated that about 1 in 8 Canadian women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime and 1 in 33 will die from it.
According to Health Canada, Breast Cancer is the third most common cancer in Canada and the primary cancer affecting women in the country. The federal health organization says that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, with 83 per cent of those cases occurring in women aged 50 plus.
As we enter into November, it is important to note that Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October, was an important month to recognize as Breast Cancer is much more common than we acknowledge. So if you missed the Awareness about Breast Cancer, take another moment as we pass through November, because being aware of it is a lifetime hardship that you can avoid or treat, IF CAUGHT AT AN EARLY STAGE!
Catching a Cancer at an early stage makes a Whole difference, from realizing you are at a late stage and can do absolutely nothing about it but lose your life, lose your breast, or it having transferred onto other organs, and some that are untreatable or deathly. All this to say, being aware and taking precautions when it comes to CANCER in general, it can make a whole difference, to you and those you love and love you.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Early signs of breast cancer can be a lump in a breast, a painful breast or armpit, or a discharge from the nipple. Sometimes you even have no symptoms, and this is especially why it is important to get checked up with your doctor yearly, as early onset discovery can go a long way from saving you from possibly dying or completely losing your breasts or more.
It is important to help increase attention and support for the awareness of this possible deadly disease if left untreated and undiagnosed.
|5-year net survival (estimates for 2012 to 2014)||80%||88%|
YES MEN CAN GET BREAST CANCER TOO!
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the second leading cause of death from cancer in Canadian women. Breast cancer can also occur in men, but it is not common.
Trends in breast cancer
The breast cancer incidence rate in women in Canada rose between 1984 and 1991. The rate has fluctuated since then, with an overall small decrease. The increase until the early 1990s occurred partly because mammography was used more often, which meant that more cases of breast cancer were found. The reasons for the later fluctuation are not clear but may include long-term changes in hormonal factors, like if a woman started having her menstrual periods when she was young, breastfeeding and oral contraceptive use. The breast cancer death rate peaked in 1986 and has been declining since. This reduction in death rates likely reflects the impact of screening and improvements in treatment for breast cancer.
For more facts, see: https://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/breast/statistics/?region=bc
2020 has been a powerful reminder that we are all in this together, and our choices and actions make a difference in our lives and those around us. Our loved ones, our friends, our community, and so on.
TAKE ACTION, CHECK YOURSELF BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!