October is breast cancer month. Although it is a cancer in which we have made remarkable progress for several years thanks to science, it is still a disease that affects many women and people with breasts even today. Breast cancer is something people over 50 are concerned about, but it can occur earlier, even in your twenties. For people in the younger age group, we never talk about precautions to take, home exams that can be done on your own, or even the list of conditions that put people at greater risk of developing this condition. Let’s open this conversation today in honour of this memorial month.
The home exam. Silly as it may seem, this monthly exam can save your life. Here is a step-by-step video that shows you how to do a self-exam on yourself to prevent breast cancer.
Another critical thing to know are the risk factors that could increase your chances of getting this cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society mentions all aspects that may encourage your cancer potential. With this knowledge, it will be easier for you, whether you are a healthcare professional or a friend, to start a conversation with people at risk of breast cancer.
Something that helps the recovery from this disease, the struggle over finding the diagnosis, or even the reminder to do home exams is community. Surround yourself with people who are having a similar experience or who are a step ahead in their history with this cancer. In short, having a community around us is one of the things that helps the most with this horrible human experience. Here is an article about a New Brunswick woman who talks about the support she had during her diagnosis.
Here is the story in English of three different women who conquered breast cancer in their own way and use their experiences to help other women affected by this disease.
See, breast cancer, while debunked, is still a bug monster to overcome. We need to put people in contact with communities to give them support, promote detection in younger people, and be aware of the factors in our lives that put us at risk of developing breast cancer.