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The Scoop about Breast Cancer

The Scoop about Breast Cancer

DID YOU KNOW?

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  • Breast Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in young women ages 15-40?*
  • Approximately 22% of all breast cancers occur in women under 50 years of age?*
  • Incidence of breast cancer begins to rise after age 25?*
  • The cumulative lifetime risk for developing breast cancer for Canadian women is 1 in 9?**
  • 1 in 25 Canadian women will die of breast cancer?**
  • When breast cancer is caught in its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate for young women with breast cancer is 82 percent?*

For an overview of breast cancer download this handout by Health Canada. (Adobe® Reader® is required).

All women and men should know the risk factors, signs and symptoms and screening guidelines for detection.

RISK FACTORS

The most proven and significant risk factors for getting breast cancer are

  • being female
  • getting older

In other words, all women are at risk, with the greatest risk occurring after the age of 55 years. An increasing number of women in their 40’s, 30’s and even 20’s are being diagnosed with this disease. There are also other risk factors related to hormones/reproductive history, genetic factors, environmental and lifestyle factors. Talk to your doctor about how you can prevent breast cancer.

The good news is that due to improved early detection and treatment, more women than ever are also surviving breast cancer.

DETECTION

No matter the breast size, all women should take notice of how they look and feel normally, check them thoroughly and regularly, and be sure to see your doctor if you notice anything unusual. You should also visit your doctor for check ups annually and have annual mammography after the age of fifty, or earlier as advised by your doctor if you have a family history.

LIFESTYLE TIPS

A low-fat, high-fiber diet rich in fruits and vegetables may decrease breast cancer risk by 15-20%. For more information on nutrition and lifestyle tips for cancer check out: The American Institute for Cancer Research www.aicr.org/ or the Canadian Cancer Society www.cancer.ca.

TOP 10 RESOURCES

Here is a list of resources that will help you become more educated about breast cancer prevention and treatment. 
Breast Cancer Fund www.breastcancerfund.org 
Breast Cancer Org. www.breastcancer.org 
Breast Cancer Society of Canada www.bcsc.ca 
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation www.cbcf.org (Canadian Cancer Statistics 2013)
Canadian Breast Cancer Network www.cbcn.ca 
Canadian Cancer Society www.cancer.ca 
National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. www.nationalbreastcancer.org 
National Cancer Institute www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/breast 
Rethink Breast Cancer www.rethinkbreastcancer.com 
The Weekend to End Breast Cancer www.endcancer.ca

Key References:
**Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Statistics 2005
*Canadian Cancer Statistics 2002 and 2003