It's hard to find anyone who has not had their life touched in some way by cancer. We all know a loved one, a friend, a co-worker who has or will experience a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Cancer is currently the leading cause of death in Canada.
My Mother Susan was diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC) in her mid 40's. ACC is a rare form of head/neck cancer that has no known cause. The short term survival rate is quite good, but in the long term ACC tends to metastasize to other parts of the body greatly decreasing survival rates. ACC attacks the nerves and causes pain that is often hard to manage. Sadly, my Mum lost her battle in 2016 at the age of 60.
Every October is Breast Cancer awareness month. 1 in 8 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Many women in my family including my Grandmother, Mother-in-Law and Aunts have been given this diagnosis. Early detection is key to increasing survival rates. Although breast cancer is more survivable than is used to be, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death for women.
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