My father, who ran the Comrades Marathon in 1979 and 1980, passed away on the 7th of June 2010. I was a young girl when he completed his ‘up and down’ run and was always planning that ‘one day – some day’ I would like to run the ‘Ultimate Human Race’. On the day my Dad passed away, I undertook to run the Comrades Marathon in 2011 and raise funds for CANSA.
I completed the Comrades Marathon (Up run) on the 29th of May 2011. I was adamant that I would one do ONE, but by the end of that gruelling day I know this race (journey) was in my blood. My running buddy (Chellaine) and I managed to raise R125,000 from friends and colleagues.
Lymphoedema is a chronic swelling of the limb, caused by a primary congenital condition, or a secondary trauma or surgery to the lymphatic structures. Lymphoedema of the arm is a common side effect of breast cancer treatment (1,2), with varying incidence depending on the type of treatment received.
Not all men and women who undergo treatment for breast cancer will develop lymphoedema, but it is important to know how to reduce the risk of developing this condition and what signs and symptoms to look out for. There is currently no cure for lymphoedema, but it is a condition that can be managed effectively if identified at an early stage.
During cancer treatment, you may be focused on just one thing: beating cancer. But after treatment, it can be hard to remember to get your screenings for other cancers.
MD Anderson recommends that women 40 or older have annual mammograms. And that applies to cancer survivors, too, says Therese Bevers, M.D., Medical Director of MD Anderson's Cancer Prevention Center. And, in fact, they may need screenings more often.
If you're a cancer survivor, here are three things you should know about breast cancer screening.