Moving Forward After Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer remains the most common cancer among Canadian women.  According to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, approximately 445 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every week.  While there have been significant improvements in the survival rates for Breast Cancer patients, in 2010 it was estimated that 5,300 women and 50 men will die from breast cancer in Canada, this has not changed since 2009.   This means an average of 100 women die from breast cancer every week.   Whether it is one death or a thousand, far too many people  are dying from Breast Cancer.

As many people are aware, last October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. Here’s a look at some of the things that happened right here in Canada in the past year:

British Columbia citizens and the rest of Canada have done a great job in raising awareness and funding for breast cancer research.   All this time and effort has not been wasted, the survival rates of women suffering from breast cancer have been increasing and new discoveries on the disease are continuously being found.

Even though October Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over,there is still so much you can do.  You don’t  have to hold a huge fundraiser, it can be anything.  Here are a few ideas:

Make yourselves the solution to the issues, not only for breast cancer, but for anything that you care about.  The developments we’ve made with breast cancer, even within the last 10 years, is a testament to the ability of those who care to make change.

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By Kathryn Lim