Each year in October, countries around the world recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a time to raise awareness, to raise funds for research and to advocate for those diagnosed with the disease.
Every day, more than 70 Canadians are diagnosed with breast cancer and one in eight Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
It’s a disease that affects everyone; from those who are diagnosed to their family members, friends and loved ones. Every Canadian has likely been touched by cancer in some way.
That’s why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a crucial time to educate people about the importance of early screening and treatment.
It’s also a time to reflect on the importance of a fully public health care system, where all people receive the care they need, when they need it – not just those who can pay.
So this October, whether you wear a pink ribbon or participate in a local walk or run, it’s important that we all engage in meaningful conversations about early detection and that we honour the brave souls who are battling – or who have battled – this terrible disease.
Warren (Smokey) Thomas
Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida
OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer