A few years ago I had my first encounter with breast cancer when my aunt, was diagnosed and had to undergo a mastectomy. We had little knowledge back then about cancer and it was kind of a taboo topic. Fast forward to 2016 I have since lost three aunts to breast cancer , one aunt to cancer and one is currently a double mastectomy cancer survivor.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO) 'Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women both in the developed and less developed world.The incidence of breast cancer is increasing in the developing world due to increase life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles.' 


     *Image courtesy of The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)*


Prevention as they say is always better than cure and this can be as simple as making a lifestyle change by tweaking your diet, going for regular check ups and knowing your body by doing monthly self examinations.

As we move towards a world where we invest in ourselves first, spiritually,emotionally and financially we need to realize that giving ourselves a clean bill of health as scary as it might be is a long-term investment. Today we live longer and work harder. As we enter Breast Cancer Awareness Month this year before you support all the fundraising efforts and awareness campaigns take care of your health first. It's not only the best gift you can give yourself but it will improve your quality of life!

Published by Fadwa Walker