One of my favorite people has breast cancer. Again. 

Deena (left) as panelist at our October Event 2018
Dear friend,
One of my favorite people has breast cancer. Again.
Breast Cancer Action Quebec is filled with extraordinary people. But even in this group, Deena Dlusy-Apel stands out. She attended the first open meeting of BCAM as it was called back then and quickly became an integral part of the organization and continues to support our aims to this day. She is one of the most generous and committed people a group like ours could want.
This year, Deena was diagnosed with breast cancer. Again. Not a recurrence, a new case. 
Deena finds it strange that people are not angry that one person in two will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. She finds the extent to which people just acquiesce to this new normal frustrating and discouraging.
For Deena, "We need more research on environmental links to cancer. We need to talk about the everyday exposures that increase our risks. It is kind of depressing that there aren't more studies being done in this area."
Hanging on, Deena Dlusy-Apel
This year, I've been thinking a lot about Deena and felt it was important to share her story and words. I agree that we have not advanced enough in our understanding of the environmental links to breast cancer even though the science has provided much evidence. And the fact that Canada is considered by many as having the weakest chemical regulations of all Western countries testifies to the fact that this is one big uphill battle with resistance in many places.
The current state is not normal. As Deena says, people should be angry. We at Breast Cancer Action Quebec will fight this battle as long as we can. But we can only do this with your continued, generous support.

With much gratitude,

Jennifer Beeman, Executive Director, Breast Cancer Action Quebec

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