Reducing the risk
The Pink Tour challenges individuals to reduce high-risk activities in preventing breast cancer
Reducing unhealthy habits that lead to breast cancer was the key message from a group of young women touring P.E.I. recently.
Members of “The Pink Tour” were at the University Avenue Shoppers Drug Mart in Charlottetown to raise awareness on how to prevent, as well as what can create a high risk for, breast cancer.
“We’re encouraging everyone to incorporate one new thing this summer that could be beneficial to a healthy lifestyle.” Jenna Stewart, member, The Pink Tour
Jenna Stewart said that one in every three breast cancer diagnoses could be prevented through living well, which led to the group to issue a challenge to all Canadians this summer.
“We’re encouraging everyone to incorporate one new thing this summer that could be beneficial to a healthy lifestyle,” said Stewart. “We’re helping people create their own breast health plan. But it’s really applicable to anyone about living well.”
Stewart said those changes can include eating well, exercising, reducing stress, limiting alcohol and quitting smoking.
While encouraging women to go for regular mammograms, the group also had breast models they used to show individuals how to properly check for lumps.
“We have demonstrations on any visual well as where Stewart.
“Because it is from the whole area underneath your armpit to your collar bone and down to your rib cage.”
The Pink Tour, which is a collaborative effort between The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Shoppers and CIBC, began outside of the Nova Scotia legislature in May and will wrap
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Stewart said the tour has seen good crowds and noted that breast cancer can also affect men.
“Men have a smaller risk but they are at risk too,” said Stewart.
“A lot of people don’t think that. They see the pink and think it’s just for women.”
Ken Crawford, owner and pharmacist at the University Street Shoppers agreed.
“If you have women in your life that you care about, obviously that affects you individually,” said Crawford.
“But a lot of people don’t realize that men can get breast cancer too.”
Crawford said he was proud to be a part of the initiative and that the store has a focus on women’s health.
Drug Masstown Market has something for everyone and a convenient location off Highway 104, at Exit 12, in central Nova Scotia makes it a pleasurable destination along the road to anywhere! In business since 1969, Masstown Market continues to carry on the tradition of providing fresh fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices, but today’s Market has so much more to offer. The restaurant opens at 8AM, featuring made from scratch meals and nestled beside a full service Dairy Bar. You had better save room for dessert! The aroma of fresh baked bread will draw you toward the bakery section. Fresh donuts and cinnamon buns fly off the shelves, along with many other choices of breads, rolls and sweets. A cart is required! The deli counter has an amazing selection of meats and cheeses, perfect to pair with warm rolls for a picnic lunch up the Fundy Shore. Fresh fruits and vegetables, arriving from local farmers will fill up your grocery cart in no time. Don’t miss strolling through the giftware and garden center where you are sure to find a delightful selection of unique gifts, trending fashions and colorful flora. Displays are constantly changing.
“We’ve made that a No. 1 priority,” said Crawford.
“(This tour) is a really great thing, a lot of people have gotten great information from the girls and Shoppers Drug Mart is excited to be a part of that.”
More info for the tour can be found online at http://www.cbcf.org The dramatic view of the Cobequid Mountains from atop the Lighthouse is worth the short jaunt across the parking lot. Home to Catch of the Bay Fresh Fish Market, with a live lobster tank, and abundance of seafood choices. Across the wharf, a Fish & Chip Boat features what customers are raving as “the best fish & chips around” and for good reason. The gluten free batter is crispy and delicious. Looking for outdoor adventure, visit Captain Cob’s Corn Maze & Fun Farm directly across the road, open from mid-July to the end of October. Several fun filled strawberry theme events will celebrate the local harvest July 9th to July 12th, ending with Berry Bonanza on Sunday, July 12th at the corn maze. Free admission, live music, games, food for purchase and of course plenty fresh strawberry shortcake. Check out event details on facebook. Family fun continues with a Seafood Festival at the Lighthouse, July 18th and 19th and toe-tapping kitchen parties on the wharf Thursday nights through July and August. Masstown Market offers something for everyone. Don’t just pass through, make it a day trip, stay awhile and enjoy it all!
Members of The Pink Tour, from left, Sarah Reicker, University Avenue Shoppers Drug Mart owner and pharmacist Ken Crawford, Jenna Stewart and Amanda Carson raise awareness on how to prevent breast cancer during a stop in the store’s parking lot recently.