I wish there was no such thing as cancer and that we didn't all have to even think about it.
But wishes are wishes and this is reality. Cancer exists and we have to join together in this battle to raise awareness, to work on prevention, and to raise funds to beat this evil disease.
People are being diagnosed all the time. Canadian Cancer statistics note that:
• An estimated 187,600 new cases of cancer (excluding about 81,700 non-melanoma skin cancers) and 75,500 deaths will occur in Canada in 2013.
• More than half (about 52%) of all new cases will be lung, breast, colorectal and prostate cancers.
• Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada and is responsible for about 30% of all deaths.
• About 2 in 5 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetimes and 1 in 4 will die of the disease.
Frankly, that sucks.
But here's some good news:
• 63% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis.
• At the beginning of 2009, there were about 838,724 Canadians living with a cancer that had been diagnosed in the previous 10 years.
And we're making more strides all the time to eradicate this disease or at least reduce it to the level of a disease that isn't so devastating or so deadly.
I enjoyed this article listing 10 Things We Can Do About Cancer, including how to live well, take care of ourselves, take care of others, and support the cause.
My mother died of pancreatic cancer in 2011. We have also lost numerous other family members and friends to this horrid disease. Enough, I say.
Tonight, we're going to a fundraising event to support the Prairie Women on Snowmobiles as they ride through Saskatchewan and raise money for breast cancer research. Eight-time cancer survivor Dionne Warner, the inspiring subject of my book Never Leave Your Wingman, is speaking at the event. My husband (and book publishing partner) Al and I will be there with Dionne her wingman, her husband Graham, and we will keep on spreading her story of hope and courage in this journey.
Let's keep on spreading hope and fighting cancer, world. Enough, I say.
|The inspiring Dionne Warner, subject of the Never Leave Your Wingman book.|