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Kick4TheCure…

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”
-Christopher Reeve

I played in an indoor soccer tournament today to raise money for Canadian Breast Cancer Society. This is the 7th year the Kick4TheCure tournament has run and it gets more successful every year. In the past 6 years, the tournament has raised over $106,000 for charity. This year, we were hovering around $12,000.

It’s great to see the same people coming out to support the tournament every year…the same teams, the same referees who volunteer their time, the same sponsors. While the tournament is for charity, don’t think for one second that it’s a friendly tournament. The teams know each other well, they compete all out and the level of skill is as good as it gets. With 8 teams in the tournament, we had 2 groups of 4. The first three games were round robin, with the first two teams in the groups going through to the semi-finals and the finals. The games were 25 minutes long, so they were quick and intense.

We lost the first game 3-1, partly because I think we were half asleep. We won the second and third games 6-2 and 2-1. Unfortunately we lost the semi-final game 2-1 but with games this quick what can you do.

While this definitely counted as my exercise for the day, I don’t think giving you a play by play of all 4 games is going to be helpful in any way. Instead, I’m going to repeat the facts that we heard regarding breast cancer. While listening to them it dawned on me that I haven’t checked my breasts for lumps in the past two years, so as soon as I went home I did. Doing a breast self-exam is crucial…as early detection increases your changes of survival. Please take a minute today to do a breast self-exam and talk to your wives, mothers, daughters, sisters. One staggering fact that I didn’t know is that men can also get breast cancer. So men, for your education, here’s a link describing how to perform a self-breast exam.

Ladies, here is how to perform the breast self-exam:

Here are some staggering facts about breast cancer from the Canadian Cancer Society:

  • Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer among Canadian women.
  • In 2010, an estimated 23,200 women in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer, an increase of 500 from 2009. On average, 445 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every week.

Estimated number of new cases of breast cancer in females by age (2010):

  • 6,600 breast cancer cases diagnosed in women 70+
  • 5, 800 breast cancer cases diagnosed in women 60-69
  • 6,200 breast cancer cases diagnosed in women 50-59
  • 3, 500 of breast cancer cases are diagnosed in women 40-49
  • 950 breast cancer cases are diagnosed in women under the age of 40
  • In 2010, an estimated 180 men in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The incidence of breast cancer in men has remained unchanged since 2009. Men with breast cancer make up a little less than 1% of all cases.
  • In 2010, an estimated 5,300 women and 50 men will die from breast cancer in Canada. On average, 100 Canadian women will die of breast cancer every week. This has remained unchanged since 2009.

Trends

  • One in nine (11%) Canadian women are expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime (this means by age 90).
  • Female breast cancer incidence rates appear to be fairly consistent across Canada.
  • There is more cause to be optimistic. Since 1999, the incidence of breast cancer in Canada has stabilized. Since 1986, the breast cancer death rate has fallen by more than 30% and is currently the lowest it has been since 1950. The significant improvement in survival rates for women with breast cancer since the mid-1980s is likely a result of improvements in screening and advances in treatment.
  • At present, the five-year relative survival rate for female breast cancer in Canada is 87% (84% for men) which means that women diagnosed with breast cancer have an 87% likelihood of living for 5 years after their diagnosis.

Be safe…

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