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Cancer screening saves lives

Canadian Cancer Society British Columbia volunteer Harinda Dill knew that many women in the South Asian community were not being regularly screened for breast cancer. This inspired her to start the Sirf Dus Awareness Program. "Sirf Dus" means "only 10" and it refers to telling 10 women to get regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer. One in 9 Canadian women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. Research has proven that breast cancers detected in women who have regular mammograms are on average smaller and more treatable.

With the assistance of the Canadian Cancer Society, Harinda started a mammography awareness initiative that is available in English, Hindi and Punjabi. The program encouraged women to take 10 minutes to get a mammogram or talk to someone else about the importance of regular screenings.

The Society is committed to helping all communities raise awareness about cancer prevention. Read more about cancer screening programs available where you live or call 1-888-939-3333