Winning Entry to the 1st Breast Cancer Awareness Essay Writing Contest

Oct 6, 2013

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My Role In Breast Cancer Awareness

 

The winning author (center) with her father Sustines, adviser and officers of CDO Thrive's.

There is no price that’s too extravagant to pay in exchange for a healthy life. This was the important lesson that a family friend of ours learned when a lump in her breast was found a couple of years ago. After her sister got diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, she realized that she was also at risk because of her family history. When her mammogram gave positive results, she flew immediately to the States for treatment. Thanks to that single mammogram, she is now cancer-free and healthy, though she still receives treatment to keep the cancer away permanently.

Breast Cancer is a prevalent disease that targets women all across the globe, regardless of the race or stature. The breasts are composed of a kind of fat which makes it an easy target spot for cancer cells to develop. The symptoms of breast cancer include abnormalities or masses found in the breast area or chest region. Women who started menstruation before age twelve as well as mothers and those women in the stage of menopause are susceptible to breast cancer. Many children are left motherless because of the taint left by breast cancer in society at present.

The task that we are faced with today as part of the youth is to raise breast cancer awareness; not only for the sake of ourselves, but also for the love we bear to the women in our lives. Knowing that breast cancer exists is not nearly enough – just ask the thousands of families whose lives are forever altered because of losing their loved ones to breast cancer.

Wearing pink and organizing concerts or rallies alone are not enough to truly educate the women of our present society since this reduces the idea of breast cancer as an abstract, intangible concept. What we need to advocate for is to actively pursue the reduction – or even the complete eradication – of breast cancer. The question that needs to be answered now is “how”?How do we prevent breast cancer from taking our beloved mothers, sisters, daughters and friends? The answer is simple: through early detection and lifestyle changes.Like many other types of cancer that plague humanity, the ultimate protection against breast cancer is early detection. One way to detect breast cancer is by getting a mammogram. Mammograms are breast exams available to women who are thirty-five years old or older. Through this exam, lumps or mass formations can easily be detected and treated. Mammograms increase your chances of getting a good prognosis, and ultimately, abetter and healthier, cancer-free life.

For those of us who are in the 35 and above category, there are still some measures that we can take to prevent breast cancer. We can stay cancer-free by living a healthy lifestyle, by drinking less alcohol and stealing away from meat and processed foods. I know that these might seem like such difficult things to sacrifice, but your body will thank you for it, believe me.

A woman’s body is a majestic, beautiful thing. Not only can it produce and carry another human being for nine months, but it can also sustain that child through breast feeding. Since we’ve established that the female body is important, then it is only right that women should protect and pay attention to their breasts and ensure that they are healthy. We should not only treasure our breasts by size – A, B, C, D or all other letters in the alphabet that are relevant – but also by their state of health.

Remember that one in eight women is likely to get breast cancer in their life; that woman can be you. Worse, that woman can be somebody you love. By getting mammograms and committing to a healthier lifestyle, you and your loved ones can be part of the seven who remain cancer-free. Encourage your family members to get mammograms. Drag them into a clinic if you have to because indeed, the best protection is early detection. All the chemotherapy or mastectomies in the world are irrelevant (sic) if it comes too late.

Do it for the women who have lost the fight; more so, do it for the women who won’t give up the fight.

 

(Winning Piece by Krishna Celine Magallanes, St. Mary’s School, Entry No. 9 with an average rating of 92 for Thrive’s CDO 1st Breast Cancer Awareness On-The-Spot Essay Writing Contest held September 28, 2013 in SM City CDO in in partnership with the Association of Private Secondary Schools in Cagayan de Oro and SM City – CdO)

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