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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Tips from your local South Surrey/White Rock Realtors


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Blog by Bettina Reid | October 8th, 2013


Breast cancer ribbon

Last year I wrote this blog in honour of a very close friend back in Ontario, this year I am writing in honour of a very close friend here in British Columbia. My girlfriend back in Ontario has been Cancer free for 8 years, my girlfriend here only a few months... 

It's hard to find someone who hasn't been affected by some form of cancer. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in Canadian women. I personally know a number of women whether related, friend or acquaintance that have suffered from this wicked disease and unfortunately as I started out today's blog the number of people I know seems to keep growing...

As a woman and mother of 2 teenage girls, breast cancer awareness is very important. All we can do is hope that we will somehow escape this terror. There is no rhyme or reason it attacks one of us over another. Thankfully both of our dear friends caught their lumps early enough that it had barely even formed, just enough for them to question that there was something wrong with their breasts. 

It is important for all women to check their breasts monthly. Any irregular or change in breast tissue should be assessed by your doctor. If you get in to a routine of checking them once a month, you will have a better chance of finding something that isn't right if it happens. This is important for men and women to do, as men can get breast cancer as well...it's just not as common.

http://www.cbcf.org/bc/AboutUsMain/MediaCenter/Pages/default.aspx

October 18 is National Mammography Day. All provinces will sceen for breast cancer if you are between 50-69, but each province has different guidelines for screening from age 40-49. Here in BC, the province will cover Mammograms for women 40+ years, if you haven't gone for yours....put it in your calendars to do so. It's not just about you, it's about those that you love. Encourage the women in your life to get theirs done too. Do what I did and ask those women if they have been getting theirs done regularly and I am sure you will be surprised at how many haven't had the screening done.  

For screening locations in BC click on the following link:http://www.smpbc.ca/Program/Locations+and+Mobile+Services.htm