October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I will be featuring breast cancer awareness in my blogs, as well as hereditary cancer. My focus on cancer awareness this month is due to a passion for health promotion. I can speak from experience because I have been a Registered Nurse for 30 years as well as having diagnostic tests and multiple surgeries.
If you have been following Midlifestylist.com you may be aware that I have BRCA2 gene mutation which increases my risk of breast and other cancers. Both my parents died of cancer – mum was my age, 54. My father had BRCA2 as well. He had prostate cancer and pancreatic cancer, and passed away when he was 84. His father also died of prostate cancer and his sister died of ovarian cancer. My son and two siblings had melanoma. Cancer has therefore impacted my life dramatically.
This year I had prophylactic surgeries to remove my ovaries and breasts. That is because my chance of getting cancer was so high. Unfortunately I had complications from both operations and required 3 extra operations. I’m still recovering and have not been able to return to work since May.
Raising awareness of breast cancer and BRCA2
I can use my blog as an avenue of passing on my knowledge and experience of the impact of cancer and hereditary cancer risk. Raising awareness will hopefully spare other families from seeing one of their loved ones suffer from cancer.
My previous blog posts about BRCA2 and cancer are:
- BRCA2 Gene Mutation – How it has Affected my Life
- Being a Patient in the Midst of a Pandemic
- I will GO PINK for Breast Cancer Research
- We went PINK for Breast Cancer Research
- Staying Positive Despite Setbacks
- Why You Need to Know Your Personal and Family Health History
- 2020 My Unpredictable Year
The first of every month is the day women should perform a breast self examination. My next post in this series will show you the correct way to perform the breast self examination, and what symptoms to look for.
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