I was never fortunate enough to meet my grandmother.
Thankfully, I have gotten to know her through stories my family shares, but it does not replace the fact that I never got to hug her. I never ate cookies at her kitchen table, never cuddled up and read books with her at bedtime, nor did I get the chance to introduce her to my amazing children.
We lost my grandmother to breast cancer when she was only 53 years old.
Medicine has come a long way since then. Research has provided us with excellent tools to screen for breast cancer, as well as cervical and colorectal cancers.
Today, the five-year survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer is 88 per cent. That is a decrease in the mortality rate of more than 30 per cent in the past three decades. We are making progress.
That said, P.E.I. has the highest mortality rate for breast cancer in the country – 21 per cent higher than the national average.
While there are many things beyond our control with respect to this terrible disease, getting screened is one thing we can do to protect our health. The earlier cancer is detected, the greater the likelihood of a positive outcome.
Please visit cancer.ca to learn more about the appropriate screening guidelines for you and your loved ones.
We are fortunate to have provincial screening programs in P.E.I. I urge you to call 1-888-592-9888 to book your appointment today.
Executive director, Canadian Cancer Society, P.E.I. Division