Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is also known as breast cancer awareness month. Many people know someone whose life has been affected by breast cancer, whether it be a parent, sibling, extended family member, or a friend. 27,400 women are estimated to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, this represents 25% of new cancer diagnoses in Canada amongst women. In addition, around 240 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year as well. We want to take this month to show those currently fighting that they will never fight alone.

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a disease in which a cell in the breast mutates into a cancer cell then grows out of control. There are different kinds of breast cancers depending on which cells in the breast turn into cancer. Like other cancers, it can spread to different parts of the body through blood and lymph vessels making it crucial to catch it early. Although there are some common symptoms of breast cancer, there are times where an individual has no symptoms, making it extremely important to get regularly checked to prevent any growth. Some symptoms include lumps in the breast or underarm, swelling in parts of the breast, redness or flakiness in the nipple area, and other changes in the mamory. It is important to keep in mind that some symptoms can appear in other conditions as well but if any of these symptoms do occur it is important to get checked.

How can I support those fighting breast cancer?

1. Donate By donating you can help fund research to better detect, diagnose and treat Canadians with breast cancer. In addition, you can help make sure people affected by breast cancer, including families and caregivers, get the support they need. In addition, this month the SBSS is taking donations to help those affected by breast cancer. If you can donate, please see the link in our Instagram bio.

2. Shop CCS Gifts If you know someone affected by breast cancer, or just want to support those fighting, you can give a gift to help Canadians affected by breast cancer access the support they need, including the Canadian Cancer Society's online community, or help fund research.

3. Organize a (virtual) fundraiser Run for the Cure is the largest breast cancer fundraiser in Canada held every October, but you can also hold your own fundraiser to support those fighting breast cancer. In these times you can organize a virtual fundraiser like a movie night where individuals donate to watch the movie, or hold a virtual birthday party, where instead of gifts you can ask for donations.

4. Help out in those who you know are affected lives As mentioned earlier, most people know someone who is fighting breast cancer, families who have lost loved ones to cancer, or those who have beaten it. By supporting and standing by them, you can make a difference in someone's life. Time spent talking to someone on a zoom call, picking up groceries for them, or sending a message to let them know you are thinking about them can help bring a smile to their face. Especially in these times, those who are currently fighting breast cancer, or those who have beaten it are at higher risk of contracting Covid-19 so helping out however you can will help keep them safe.

The efforts being made are helping, more people are surviving breast cancer than ever before, but it is important we keep these efforts up. If you can donate, please do so to continue to fuel research efforts and continue the advancements that have been made over the past years. We are all in this together, this month and always.

Stay Safe and Sprott Love

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