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Awareness event focuses on the issue of breast cancer


An estimated 206,200 new cases of cancer and 80,800 deaths from cancer will occur in Canada in 2017. This staggering number was part of the information presented during the Walk/Run/Crawl Breast Cancer Awareness event last week.
Health professionals from both Beatrice Wilson Health Centre and the Primary Health Centre were on hand at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre early Wednesday evening to provide information on breast health and awareness. Initially the event was to be an actual walk/run/crawl but the weather turned bad that day so rather than cancel the event, organizers moved inside the arena and offered information packages to those attending.
“We just wanted to create breast cancer awareness in OCN and The Pas and over at the Health Centre we’re hoping to have a walk, run, crawl to raise this awareness. It wasn’t a fundraiser or anything like that it was just to bring people out and bring awareness about early detection, awareness and prevention of breast cancer,” organizer Shawn Yaremko, from Beatrice Wilson Health Centre explained.
“Rather than cancel, we decided to leave it as it was and do an information session. The event was also part of the community wellness challenge so if those participants wanted to come out today it was part of that as well,” she added.
More than 40 people came out during the time the event was happening, including an entire soccer team.
“The team attended because they play in support of breast cancer, they wear breast cancer jerseys. It was important to her and important to the kids,” Yaremko commented.
In addition to the woman that attended the men were provided information on breast cancer as well due to the reality that one in 100 diagnosed cases of breast cancer occurs in men.
In addition, Connie Beaton, from Primary Health said that men can find it in their partner.
“It is important for men and women to know each other’s bodies and what’s normal and what’s not. Of course it is really, really important for women to know your bodies and to listen to your bodies. If there is a change or something different that women notice, go and get checked out. It does not always mean breast cancer, there are lots of other breast issues out there but we want women to get checked,” Beaton explained.
“Early detection makes a difference,” she said, adding there are a lot of things we can do within our control - eating healthy, maintaining healthy body weight, being physically active, limiting alcohol, not smoking or second hand smoke - All can reduce the lifetime risk of breast cancer substantially.
In addition Beaton said it is important to know your family history.
Both Yaremko and Beaton were excited to be partnering on the information session and encourage anyone - men and women - to visit either the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre on OCN or the Primary Health Centre in The Pas or see your family physician if you have questions or find indicators of breast cancer.