Kimberly Morrison

Kimberly Morrison

A colour for a cause

Throughout October, salons across B.C. will participate in Streak for Cancer.

Throughout October, salons across B.C. will participate in Streak for Cancer.

For a $10 donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, clients at participating salons can get a pink hair streak to show their support for women facing breast cancer.

“This is a fun, simple way for people to show their support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Elisheva Benjamin, with the society.

In Vernon, Knotty Nellys is participating in the fundraiser during October.

“We’ve definitely come a long way. In 1986, breast cancer patients had a 53 per cent chance of survival,” said Benjamin.

‘Thanks to significant investment in breast cancer research the survival rate is now 88 per cent − that’s a 35 per cent increase in only 26 years. Wouldn’t it be amazing if that survival rate was 100 per cent?”

One of the ways the Canadian Cancer Society is working to increase the cancer survival rates for all cancers is by educating the public on prevention.

There are many lifestyle changes that women can make to help reduce their breast cancer risks, including booking regular mammograms and choosing to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

“When breast cancer is caught early, the chances of successful treatment are better,” said Benjamin,

“And regular mammograms are the most reliable early detection tool. Another way to prevent breast cancer, is to reduce your risks by not smoking, maintaining a healthy body weight and making sure you eat well and stay active.”

For more information, go to www.cancer.ca.