Running for the cure every day: HSA members fight breast cancer

VANCOUVER, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - The 2009 Run for the Cure - the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's most important annual fundraiser - is this Sunday, October 4. The Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) has sponsored the run for the past 12 years and committed more than $1 million to support the fight against breast cancer.

HSA is the health care union that represents the team of highly-trained health science professionals who work in the screening, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and support of breast cancer patients and their families. Union president Reid Johnson encourages anyone who has been touched by breast cancer to Run for the Cure all across B.C. this Sunday.

"Breast cancer touches our lives daily, in our communities, and through our work. Throughout B.C., our members are there in the community and on the front lines, working with women and their families in every stage of breast cancer - from detection and diagnosis, to treatment, rehabilitation, and support," Johnson said.

"It's our commitment to fighting breast cancer that helps define who we are as a union and as caring professionals," he said. "Together, we're making a difference."

HSA member and mammographer Shannon Adamus is featured in the union's province-wide newspaper ads, urging women across BC to get a screening mammogram to rule out the disease.

"It's really a very simple, quick test," Adamus said, "and it saves lives. With regular screening, you can identify small changes and have them investigated before there's a major health issue. It's such a simple test. Most women are very surprised that it's as easy as it is. If you're a woman over 40, I urge you to go have one!" she said.

This year in B.C., the Run for the Cure will be held in Abbotsford, Castlegar, Golden, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Port McNeill, Prince George, Vancouver, Vernon, and Victoria.

To register or donate today, visit hsabc.org and follow the links to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's registration page. For information on screening mammograms, visit www.gohave1.com. To book a free screening, phone: 604/877.6187 (Lower Mainland) or 1.800/663.9203 (toll free).

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HSA represents the health science professionals who work in the screening, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and support of breast cancer patients and their families.

Through screening mammography, women all around BC experience the caring professionalism of mammography technologists.

Should the screening detect an irregularity, other health science professionals are ready to help with diagnosis, including:

    
     -  Ultrasound technologists help define breast lumps;
     -  cytotechnologists and lab techs perform preliminary diagnostic
        procedures on tissue biopsies.
     -  Nuclear medicine technologists perform tests to determine whether the
        disease has spread, or metastasized.

    While undergoing treatment, breast cancer patients receive the expert care
of more health science professionals.

     -  Radiation therapists plan and deliver radiation treatment to help
        prevent the spread of the disease.
     -  Pharmacists provide and monitor the drug and chemotherapy regimen,
        while educating patients and their families.
     -  Dietitians develop dietary plans to ensure proper nutrition during
        treatment and recovery.
     -  In recovery, breast cancer patients must work hard during
        rehabilitation - with the aid of physiotherapists and occupational
        therapists - to restore normal movement and function following breast
        cancer surgery.
     -  Social workers provide support and counseling to women and families
        who are dealing with the disease.
    

SOURCE Health Sciences Association of British Columbia

For further information: For further information: Miriam Sobrino, (604) 439-0994 or (604) 328-2886, msobrino@hsabc.org, www.hsabc.org

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