If you read, like me, about the sad news of Rio Ferdinand’s wife dying after a short battle with cancer, you’ll probably have thought of how fleeting life can be. In a time when we are able to slow or even stop so many diseases, it shone a harsh light on our mortality.
Rebecca Ellison was only 34 when she died on Friday night and had three children. I’m 32 this year, and there has been a fair amount of cancer in my family, so this struck a nerve and make me really think about how important it is to be aware of our bodies.
For men, keeping on top of prostate and testicular cancer is a must and for women, it’s so important to consistently check our own boobs. It’s such a simple thing to do, but so many of us neglect to do it. Me included, which is particularly remiss as my mum has suffered from breast cancer in the past.
Everyone knows the hideous statistics around cancer in general: one in three…….but did you know that 1 in 8 of us will diagnosed with breast cancer?
Yesterday I checked out the Breast Cancer Awareness website and discovered some fantastic resources which I wanted to share immediately. The first thing I’ve been doing is creating an Early Detection Plan, which can be done in a few minutes and will alert you when you need to get a mammogram, help you locate clinics and encourage you to check your breasts yourself too.
Alongside this, there are also other tools you can use to educate yourself around breast cancer. Instead of hitting Google and terrifying yourself with potentially inaccurate information, it’s preferable to head here and check the facts.