deeper concerns such as toxicity in our
The Natural environment that contribute to breast
cancer. I also find it ironic that cancer in
the very place from which we nourish the
Family next generation is the most commonly
diagnosed cancer in Canadian women.
Often, the very products that brandish
the pink ribbon the loudest contain sus-
pected carcinogens such as parabens and
phthalates. Someone is profiting and it’s
not the young women with cancer.
By Andrea Cameron Are doctors dismissing lumps in
young women because the research has-
n’t caught up with the reality? Are more
women developing breast cancer at a
Asking Questions About Cancer I now know five things for certain
about breast cancer:
W e are all very aware of breast can-
cer. We know that one in nine
women will be diagnosed in their life-
wonderful little boys, begins the fight of
her life. How would things be different if
her disease had been caught a year ago?
First, no one is too young.
Second, demand a second, third or
tenth opinion when your gut tells you
time. We know about breast exams and Over 1,000 Canadian women and something isn’t right. It’s your body.
mammograms. We can buy pink mixers, 10,000 American women under forty are You know.
socks, and nail polish, all of which claim diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Third, when someone in our commu-
to “raise awareness.” For many, their cancer is detected at a nity is diagnosed with breast cancer, we
So, what happens when a woman much later stage because of their young must all rally around her and her family.
finds a lump? age. While breast cancer is devastating at Fourth, we all must start to ask ques-
If she’s over forty, people will mobi- any age, being diagnosed before forty tions about cancer, not just