October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and at All Seniors Care, we’re getting ready for a month of fundraising, food drives, and Breast Cancer Awareness Walks. Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in Canada, and half of all cancers occur in individuals over the age of 65. There are tens of thousands of new cases every year, and it is the most common form of cancer among women. If it never affects you, it’s likely you someone close to you will be affected at some point in their life.
On October 10th, All Seniors Care Living Centres will be hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness Event. Residents will be participating in a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk with all money raised from the event going to Breast Cancer Research.
Breast Cancer Awareness Event on October 10th
With every residence in the All Seniors Care family participating, on October 10th we’ll be raising money, hosting food drives, and walking for Breast Cancer Awareness. Breast Cancer Awareness events are about bringing the most common cancer in women to light, promoting prevention and screening, and raising money in the global fight to improve treatment.
How We’re Raising Money
We’ll be walking to raise awareness and donations for Breast Cancer Research. Every October, there are runs and walks across the country to raise money. If you want to contribute, make a pledge to a friend or loved one who’s walking, or sign up to walk yourself!
Breast Cancer Awareness: Screening and Risk Factors
After the age of 40, doctors recommend getting a mammogram screening every year. What many older women don’t know is whether or not they should continue to get screened after the age of 75. Whether or not you should continue to get screened should depend on your health, not on your age. Healthy, older women should almost certainly continue to get mammogram screening. As median life expectancies continue to increase, early detection remains crucial for seniors over the age of 75.
One of the biggest risk factors for developing breast cancer is age. As you get older, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of early screening. But you can also reduce your risks by staying active, eating well, and avoiding post-menopausal obesity. For more senior health tips, check out senior living advice you can use on our blog for ways to get active, nutritious recipes, and how to get the most of out of your senior years.
Join us on October 10th and walk, run, or donate for Breast Cancer Research!