I have been fortunate to not have been close to anyone who has suffered with breast cancer but I know people that have had their family or friends go through it. As a woman it scares me along with all the other cancers we are potentially at risk of. So the annual Mother’s Day Classic races across Australia in aid of Breast cancer research have always been races I have wanted to support and be involved in.
Last year I was unable to run so didn’t race and this year it is on the 11th May right before when my baby is due so I won’t be there this year either so I thought instead I would write a post promoting it and give you some facts about breast cancer.
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Australia.
- One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
- In 2014, 15,270 women are predicted to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia.
- In 2020, 17,210 women are projected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia. This is an average of 47 women every day.
- Increasing age is one of the strongest risk factors for developing breast cancer. More than two in three cases of breast cancer occur in women aged between 40 and 69 years.
- Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer have an 89% chance of surviving five years after diagnosis.
- Improvements in survival are attributed to earlier detection of breast cancer through regular mammograms and improved treatment outcomes for breast cancer.
- On average, seven women die from breast cancer every day in Australia. Finding breast cancer early increases the chance of surviving the disease.
- Although rare, breast cancer can also affect men, accounting for about 1% of cases. Around 110 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia each year.
*These stats were taken from The National Breast Cancer Foundation where you can also get more information about Breast Cancer.
I have fond memories of running the Mother’s Day Classic with my friends and hope this time next year to be running it again rather than just talking about it :-) It’s a really fun race with a serious message behind it and I love seeing all the girls dress up in fancy dress and really having fun as well as running – all in the name of raising money for Cancer Research.
The event takes place in more than 70 different places across Australia and you can read amazing stories on their website as well as donate or volunteer if you are not wanting to run. There is a 4.5km and an 8km race which people either walk or run and the support you get whilst running round is amazing.
I want to wish everyone walking/running the event Good Luck and I’ll be thinking of you and hoping to be there next year :-)