Most of us have or will be affected by cancer during our lifetime, in our way or another.
With shocking statistics of ?1 in 2 people born after 1960 in the UK will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime? published recently by Cancer Research UK, cancer awareness and prevention are now more important than ever!
Since the experts are still unable to pinpoint clearly the exact causes of some cancer types, the next best way we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones, is to spread awareness about symptoms and in this way, if the worst comes our way, catch it early, seek treatment and survive the beast!
Cancer Research UK estimates that unlike lung cancer, for example, ovarian and prostate cancer (March is dedicated to spreading awareness about these two cancer types) cannot be prevented but they can still be detected early and stopped in their tracks before they spread.
One more reason not to dig our heads in the sand and dismiss our gut feelings, talk confidently about our bodies and pursue a diagnosis, armed with the knowledge that could save our lives!
Louisa, from Life as we know it, found out the devastating effects ovarian cancer can have on a family as a whole, when her mother was diagnosed with it last year. She has written a post to raise awareness about it and encourages us all to download the free app created by Target Ovarian Cancer and keep track of any possible symptoms.
Louisa also raises awareness in her post of the fact that a cervical screening will not detect ovarian cancer.
Most of the readers of this post will be within the age bracket that gets offered a free NHS cervical screening test; Emma White, from Jigsaw Parenting recounts the harrowing tale of losing one of her friends to cervical cancer and pleads with us all to take the time and get ourselves checked, in order to prevent the same thing from happening again.
If we are bad at looking after ourselves as mums, our partners can be equally bad at talking about ?embarrassing? symptoms and even more prone at ignoring worrying signs of the possible life-threatening disease.
Especially when the early symptoms of prostate cancer like trouble urinating, weak urine flow and painful urination or ejaculation can be attributed to other, less serious illnesses.
It is then again, up to us, to encourage our men to know the symptoms, talk openly and get themselves checked.
Hannah, from I Dainty It, writes on raising awareness about testicular cancer and encourages men to ?check their chaps? regularly, in an attempt to catch the possible first symptoms early and get adequate treatment.
I hope this post has made us all more aware of the worrying facts that surround ?embarrassing?cancers and has given us the empowering information that early detection does, many times, lead to a positive outcome.
Silence and a moment of possible embarrassment are never, even worth risking our lives!
About Oana Papaconstantinou
Oana Papaconstantinou is a mum of 2 children who blogs at Mama’s Haven on grief, travel, photography and reviews. Oana has had the life-altering experience of child loss, when Georgie, her 5 months baby boy died on leukaemia in July 2014. She has now made it her blog’s mission to support people who have been equally affected by grief. Oana works from home in creative writing and social media support. She is on Twitter @MamasHaven and Instagram as mamashaven.