I was surprised to read that 1 out of every 8 hospital deaths in Oman occurs due to cancer. Just think of those numbers! Cancer has wrecked havoc across this globe and really can be seen as one of the major killers out there. I’m reminded of my twin brother who during a trivia contest as a teen, when asked, “What is Canada’s #1 killer?” answered, “Clifford Olsen” (a serial killer in the Vancouver area at the time) rather than the correct answer which was “cancer“. You might understand why the audience chuckled; to compare a demented soul who killed 11 kids to the grand-daddy of all killers that crushes families by the millions each year seems ludicrous. Have any of you seen this chart at one of the hospitals in Oman? Of course the number that really jumps out at you is the 17.7% of women diagnosed with breast cancer. In both America and Canada October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BRAM). (Click here to see other awareness weeks and months in Canada.) Why not take a few minutes to check out the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website here?! If you have the time and money, why not support cancer awareness by attending this special event, Parampara, at the Al Bustan Palace this coming October 21st? Click here to learn more about the National Association for Cancer Awareness (NACA) in Oman.
They say that early detection is very imporant in the prevention of cancer. Read these helpful guidelines from the Ministry of Health here in Oman on guidelines to early detection and lifestyle choices that can often protect us from cancer. My heart goes out to any of you out there who has lost a loved one to the horrors of cancer. I can’t even imagine what it must be like. To any of you out there struggling now with this devastating disease, may God give you the strength! To those of us in good health, may we always be thankful for the oftentimes overlooked and taken for granted blessings of health!