Earlier in October, tennis champion, Serena Williams, the tennis legend stepped out of her comfort zone to record a version of the Divinyls global hit "I Touch Myself" for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She did this to remind women to self-check regularly. Early detection is key to fighting cancer because it saves lives according to Serena. JacanaBooks encourages all our female readers to touch/check their breasts regularly for lumps and signs of abnormality. Breast cancer like any other cancer is just horrible.
Breast cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Canadian women. 1 in 8 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. An estimated 26,300 Canadian women and 230 men will be diagnosed this year. According to the Canadian Cancer Society website, 72 women are diagnosed every day with breast cancer.
Breast cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages. Signs and symptoms often appear when the tumour grows large enough to be felt as a lump in the breast or when cancer spreads to surrounding tissues and organs. Late signs and symptoms occur as cancer grows larger or spreads to other parts of the body, including organs. Late symptoms include bone pain, weight loss, nausea, loss of appetite, jaundice, shortness of breath, cough, headache, double vision, muscle weakness. Please visit the Canadian Cancer Society page for more information about breast cancer.