I was 19 years old when my mother was diagnosed with Breast cancer. Her fight with cancer was a journey of faith and hope. It was a very hard journey on all of us; attempting to describe what we felt and lived is impossible.
Seven years later, she passed away. Cancer was much stronger than her will; weakening her month after month and day after day.
Today after so many years, having been married and kids of my own, I do make sure that I do every test and every screening doctors request, and follow every procedure to ensure I’m doing well.
Not just for me, but also for those I love.
Spreading awareness about cancer, helping people to know more and do more for themselves and for others is very important; not everyone understands fully the risks, and not everyone has access to information about cancer.
In October 1985, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) was founded as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca, producer of several anti-breast cancer drugs). The aim of the NBCAM from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.
Breast cancer awareness month is a yearly campaign whose intent on educating people about the importance of early screening, tests and more. This campaign starts on October 1 and ends on October 31 every year.
A variety of events around the world are organized in October, including walks and runs, and the pink illumination of landmark buildings.
The pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbons, and the color pink in general, identify the wearer or promoter with the breast cancer brand and express moral support for women with breast cancer. Pink ribbons are most commonly seen during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The pink ribbon represents fear of breast cancer, hope for the future, and the charitable goodness of people and businesses who publicly support the breast cancer movement. It is intended to evoke solidarity with women who currently have breast cancer.
Breast cancer organizations use the pink ribbon to associate themselves with breast cancer, to promote breast cancer awareness, and to support fundraising.
Each October, many products are emblazoned with pink ribbons, colored pink, or otherwise sold with a promise of a small portion of the total cost being donated to support breast cancer awareness or research.
At the Canadian Cancer Society, October is about more than just raising awareness of breast cancer. It’s about joining a collective of Canadians who are proving that life is bigger than breast cancer. This collective helps fund the best breast cancer research, provides the largest cancer support system in the country, and advocates on behalf of all Canadians for important social change.
Let’s help each other and spread awareness today.
I’ll be posting some information every day during the month of October on my social media channels; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and tumblr.
You are welcome to read and share the information.
Canadian Cancer Society. (https://www.cancer.ca)
Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (https://en.wikipedia.org/)