Helping those who are fighting cancer’s grip
It’s hard to imagine a person not knowing of someone or not being directly affected by someone who has cancer.
For just six letters, the word ‘cancer’ is loaded with emotions and synonymous with negative connotations.
But like most negative things cancer has weaved itself into all our lives connecting us in different ways together whether we are aware of it or not.
April is Daffodil Month, a month dedicated to raise funds to support those who are currently living with cancer and their families and this year marks the 60th year of Daffodil Month in Canada.
But cancer isn’t just a month-long battle, it really is more prevalent in our lives now than ever and we need to be certain we are using appropriate measures to protect ourselves.
However, there is still a stigma associated with getting checked for certain taboo issues that sometimes cause us to blush or cause a little discomfort.
Men and women both shy away from getting certain things checked because it’s not the “cool” thing to do.
Men in particular sometimes think that getting checked for colon or prostate cancer is ‘gay’ because of tests and procedures needed to be done that help in diagnosing an issue.
It’s because of these macho stereotypes that lead men to be their own worst enemies when it comes to their own physical health.
The reality is most people don’t get tested or screened annually for cancer because of these unnecessary fears and that is a big problem, especially for those in the millennial demographic.
The only thing to truly fear is not getting screened or getting screened too late.
What people have to realize is that getting screened for cancer is more about taking control of your own health then allowing archaic societal perceptions influence you, especially when it comes to men.
These damaging misconceptions sometimes make it nearly impossible for early detection, which is scary when statistics show that 30 per cent of all deaths in Canada are related to cancer. The Canadian Cancer website, www. cancer.ca, states an estimated “555 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer every day in 2016.”
An even more tragic number is that they estimate on average “216 Canadians will die from cancer every day.”
And while cancer usually affects Canadians 50 years and older it isn’t just limited to a mature population, it can affect anyone at anytime.
Based on the Canadian Cancer Society’s 2010 estimations two out of every five Canadians are expected to develop cancer during their lifetime.
That’s why certain months are designated as fundraising months for the numerous kinds of cancer, lungs, prostate, breast etc.
It’s so that not one gets more attention than the other and it allows for more conversation that can hopefully lead to earlier detections.
But what some people complain about when it comes to campaigns is that they feel the likelihood of their donation will go toward preposterous wages to CEOs and managers instead of actually going toward the actual finding of a cure.
While I’m not sure a cure for cancer will be found in my lifetime it is very well a possibility in future generations that cancer will be the plague of the past.
But in the interim, while a search for a cure is on and while many people are suffering and their families are suffering, isn’t it part of our obligation to make sure they have some help, some dignity and security?
The Canadian Cancer Society’s website isn’t just about asking for donations, it’s a resource to find prevalent information about screening, prevention and support and that’s why a donation today goes a long way in joining the fight to support those who are already fighting for a lot more.