All right ladies… Let’s get real with each other. Let’s talk about boobs.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and oftentimes, these awareness months go by unnoticed. I wanted to make sure that we put a little focus toward it because we’re all women, we all have boobs and breast cancer is a pretty important thing for us to be talking about.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in Canadian women. They estimate that 22,700 women in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 5,100 women will die from it in 2012 alone. Scary numbers right? This post will point you in the direction of some resources as well as outline some facts and risk factors that will help start a discussion around breast cancer. Please feel free to add anything else you might have – resources, quotes, etc. – into the comments.
The Canadian Cancer Society has launched a website called The Thingamaboob, which features hilarious comic strips, some shareable content and facts on breast cancer. The website is worth reading and worth sharing with other women. It’s time that we got in touch (no pun intended!) with our breasts!
The Thingamaboob itself actually resembles a necklace with different sized beads on it. The beads illustrate the size of a lump at various stages – the size it’d be if you got a mammogram, the size it would be if your doctor found it and then the size it would be if you found it. A great visual to see the importance of getting regular mammograms. Check out the Thingamaboob website here.
According to NationalBreastCancer.org, there are some risk factors that can be avoided. However, 60-70% of people have no connection to these risk factors at all and other people with risk factors will never develop cancer.
Straight from the Canadian Cancer Society‘s website:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, different people have different warning signs for breast cancer. Some people do not have any signs or symptoms at all. A person may find out they have breast cancer after a routine mammogram. Some warning signs* of breast cancer are—
If you have any signs that worry you, be sure to see your doctor right away.
(*Reference - Osteen, R. Breast Cancer. In: Lenhard RE, Osteen RT, Gansler R, eds. Clinical Oncology. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society; 2001:251–268.)
Call the Canadian Cancer Society, toll-free at 1 888 939-3333/TTY 1 886 786-3934. To date, they’ve received over 1,000,000 inquiries about cancer. There probably isn’t a question that they haven’t already been asked.