October is just around the corner and many of us may know that it is breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer is something that has touched almost everyone’s life at some point and has left many of us with a void after a loved one would have succumbed to it.
For me it was a beloved aunt that was diagnosed with it in 2001, had the prescribed treatment which included a mastectomy only to have it metastasize in her liver. Sad to say, by the time it was diagnosed the second time around, it was too late and we lost my aunt some six weeks later.
Unfortunately, this story is one that far too many people can relate to. Another family member that I know of that was touched by this disease would be my mother-in-law. Only great thing about her situation, is that she is a two time, breast cancer survivor. In her case, we do thank the lord for small mercies.
In this age, of technology and wide spread discussion, we can not claim ignorance to breast cancer. No longer should this be viewed as an “old woman’s” disease. More and more young women, and I mean those in their early 20’s are being diagnosed with breast cancer. The key of course to survival is early detection and education.
Breast cancer awareness is not only for women, but also for men. We need to lift the veil from our eyes and be conscious of the fact that every year, far too many men and women are leaving us way to early because they either ignore the early signs or they are just too afraid to get it checked out.
Here in Barbados, we have the option of the Barbados Cancer Society or our regular doctor. That being said, we should also take matters into our own hands and perform our own self exams at home. If you feel a suspicious lump, don’t hesitate, get a second opinion either from your doctor, clinic or the great folks at the Cancer society.
For 2015, there are several events planed for Breast Cancer Awareness Month which will officially launch on October 1, 2015. On Wednesday September 30, 2015, the Champions in Pink is inviting everyone to come out and join them at the Grantley Adams International Airport to witness the airport being lite in pink and to join the formation of the human pink ribbon. The National Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness will take place on Sunday October 4th 2015 at 4 p.m. and will start at CIBC Firstcaribbean International Bank in Warrens.