This is something I am very VERY extremely passionate about. Breast Cancer Awareness. So passionate that I have it tattooed on my body! You don’t have to share my passion on this but you should be aware of certain things so as the Breast Cancer Month approaches, I wanted to share a few things with you. Please take a moment and read this, as every woman should be familiar.
I work for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. Although, my degree is in Psychology and not in this type of medical/research field, when I got a job here I was very happy because I got to be around something I was passionate about and be productive.
I feel that a lot of the time, people don’t educate themselves about various diseases as well as their causes /risks either because they are too scared to know, or think it can’t happen to them. This is the stupidest thing ever. A little knowledge goes a long way and can SAVE A LIFE. Also, none of us are invincible. It can happen to anyone, any age, any race.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.
My grandma who was my entire world and who was the dearest, closest person to me EVER, was diagnosed with breast cancer 15 years ago. She came to visit us here in Canada, from my country (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and I will never forget one night I got woken up because she was praying so loud. My grandma was not a religious woman so I was confused. I asked her what was wrong and she told me she felt a lump and she was crying. She asked me not to tell my mom as she did not want to be a burden to us but that she knew inside that it was breast cancer. So she will just tell my mom she is bored here and wants to go back home earlier because she did not want to be a burden to us. I asked her if I could feel the lump and I did. It was hard and huge. Of course I told my mom and even before we took her to the doctor I knew… I just knew it was cancer.
We have no family history of any type of cancer. My grandma was the first. The doctor said it was the type of cancer that older women get and it could have been brought by various environmental things we were exposed to during the war.
My grandma was the strongest woman I know. She was not your typical granny. She was just the coolest hippest women. One image permanently got stuck in my mind and it haunts me to this day and probably always will, seeing my grandma laying on the table, looking scared. Looking at me with her big eyes so scared. This brings tears to my eyes.
My grandma beat breast cancer. She did. They removed her breast and she was cleared of it all. She went on to live for 5 years after that perfectly fine. She was my hero. However, she passed away due to another reason. She is still my hero.
Her name was Nada. Which in my language means HOPE. How fitting right. I got her name tattoed on my heart along with a breast cancer ribbon. Hope for breast cancer cure. My Nada my hope she beat it.
Anyway…. before I start crying at work…..
Here are a few facts for you: ( from Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation)
1. There is no single cause of breast cancer. Combination of genetic and environmental causes contribute .
2. It is the most common cancer diagnoses in Canadian women over the age of 20
3. 1 in 9 Canadian women will be affected by Breast Cancer during their lifetime
4. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Canadian women (lung cancer first)
5. Breast Cancer deaths have decreased by 42% – which is amazing!
1. Abortions and miscarriages cause breast cancer.
No scientific evidence supports this.
2. Deodorants can cause breast cancer.
No conclusive evidence supports this.
3. Wearing an underwire bra can cause breast cancer.
No research to show this is true.
4. Breast Implants can cause breast cancer
No evidence to support this.
Please take a minute and check this site out. There is absolutely everything about Breast Cancer. This link here tells you about prevention and breast health.