On a serious tip, this is what the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation says about breast cancer:
Each year, thousands of Canadians are touched by breast cancer. It not only impacts the individuals living with the disease, but their families, friends and loved ones as well. At the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, we are working to create a future without breast cancer. With the support of thousands of volunteers, the generosity of donors and over 70 corporate partners, we are funding some of the most-relevant breast cancer research programs in the country.
The scary thing is that younger and younger women are being diagnosed with breast cancer. So, what can you do to protect yourself? Be breast aware. Here are five steps to being breast aware:
- Know how your breasts normally look and feel.
- Know what changes to look for.
- Look and feel for changes.
- Report any changes to a doctor.
- Go for a free mammogram if you are of the appropriate age, or if recommended by a doctor. By finding breast abnormalities in the early stages, mammograms can save lives. Women at the appropriate age can get a free mammogram through their regional breast screening program.
These easy steps can help save your life because early detection of breast cancer is key for survival.
So, until we find a cure for this disease, we have to take care of ourselves – monthly self-examinations, mammograms and being breast aware.