Welcome to Susan A. Enns's personal page
I am very proud to once again be participating as a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure. This will be my 9th Run, my 6th as Volunteer Co-Run Director in Ottawa, and this year, as it turns out, that Sunday October 1 is also the 4th anniversary date of my 1st chemo treatment. It’s a special day that I will be lucky enough to celebrate with family and friends in Winnipeg; a special day that would not be possible if it were not for the important work CCS does.
The CIBC Run for the Cure raises over $17 million annually in communities across Canada and has resulted in high quality research and activities that have changed the way breast cancer is prevented, detected, diagnosed, and treated – leading to better and longer lives for those affected.
As a breast cancer survivor, I would be one of those lives. So would many Enns women. While the statistics show that 1 in 8 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, in my family the odds are more like 1 in 2. A virtual coin toss!
Everyone who knows my family history agrees that my breast cancer is genetic, however all of us Enns women who have been tested do not possess any known breast cancer causing gene mutations. In other words, it’s not that there isn’t an Enns gene mutation, they just haven’t found it yet.
We know all my female relatives are very high risk. We know they should have clinical breast exams starting at the age of 25 and annual mammograms starting at the age of 30. What we don’t know is why! More research is needed. And thankfully, more research is being done.
Four years ago, a doctor told me I had breast cancer. Well, not anymore! Now I am one of many who are living proof that research saves lives. And it all starts with your donation.
When I look back at all of this from a patient’s perspective, I realize how incredibly thankful I am to all of you who have supported the breast cancer cause over the years. You brought together some of the world’s best breast cancer researchers and clinicians who discovered tremendous advancements in earlier detection, improved diagnosis and more effective treatments. All your hard work and all the money you and your organizations have raised over the years gave me better doctors. You put better knowledge in their heads and better tools in their hands.
And for that, I would like to thank you. All the Enns women would; those who have lost their battle in the past, those surviving in the present, and those looking forward to a brighter future - a future without breast cancer.