The month of Movember has been going well. My Mo has been growing in nicely and my wife has informed me that she can’t wait until December arrives and I shave it off. Fund raising has been great with $300 in donations (not including what will be coming from co-workers) raised to date. Naturally, the more money we can raise towards Prostate Cancer the better. If you would like to donate to my Mo please feel free to do so at www.movember.com/ca/donate, please reference my registration number 1383686.
Today I want to spend some time discussing how Cancer effects us all.
A friend of mine recently let me know that he’s been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. If you do any research on this form of cancer you’ll learn very fast that the future looks bleak. My friend is a normal guy, he takes care of himself, works hard, and enjoys a good laugh in the company of friends and family. As I said, a normal guy. A few weeks ago he realized he wasn’t feeling that great and upon closer reflection realized that maybe he’d been feeling that way for a month or so. He went to see his doctor. His decision to do so was a fortunate one as the doctors were able to run a battery of tests on him and make a diagnosis. He starts his treatment tomorrow.
Cancer is a nasty, dirty disease. Often it’s symptoms can be confused with other illnesses. Nor is cancer picky about who gets afflicted. The danger is that incidents of cancer are growing.
The Canadian Cancer Society estimates that 39% of Canadian women and 45% of Canadian men will develop cancer within their lifetimes. I would estimate that these statistics are common among western, if not the global, population. Look at those number, 45% of men will develop cancer within their lifetimes. You may as well flip a coin and see if you’re one of those. The Canadian Cancer Society notes that approximately 1419 Canadians die of Cancer every single week.
These numbers are staggering and extremely significant. While advances in research and treatment are in many cases able to save lives the sheer amount of cases indicate that cancer is a leading cause for loss of life. It is hard to imagine anyone whose life isn’t effected by cancer in one form or another.
It’s these reasons that made me take up the Movember challenge. Any money that can be raised to support any cancer research is money well used. I realize that in today’s economic climate it’s easy to come up with excuses regarding why you can’t afford to donate. However, when you look at the statistics I think those arguments fall flat.
If you know someone who’s battling cancer right now, make a donation in their name. It doesn’t have to be large, your donation alone might not change the world. However, if we all donate just a little we can move mountains.