Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

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* Canadian Cancer Society , a SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. charity partner.

Empowering women to reduce their risk of breast cancer by putting their health first from our partners at Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation cbcf.org

Fact #1: Alcohol is a known carcinogen (an agent known to cause cancer) and drinking alcohol increases your risk of developing breast cancer

Response: Every drink counts - drink less to reduce your risk of breast cancer

Purpose: Informs women that alcohol consumption is a risk factor for breast cancer and encourages women to reduce their alcohol intake

Fact #2Approximately 68 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day. Regular breast cancer screening may result in earlier detection and better treatment outcomes

Response: Learn about your breast cancer risk factors, the benefits and limitations of mammography and decide if and when breast cancer screening is right for you

Purpose: Encourages women to learn about their risk factors and to make an informed decision about when and whether to screen for breast cancer 

Fact #3Research shows that after menopause, increased body fat and reduced physical activity contribute to an increased risk of breast cancer

Response: Lifestyle changes that reduce body fat are likely to have a positive effect on breast cancer risk and overall health and well-being

Purpose: Informs women of specific risks after menopause and encourages them to make healthy lifestyle changes 

Fact #430% or more of breast cancers could be prevented through lifestyle changes such as increasing physical activity, eating well to reduce body fat and drinking less alcohol

Response: Live well to reduce your risk of breast cancer and improve your overall health: try eating a balanced diet, getting 30 minutes of physical activity each day and drinking no more than one alcoholic beverage per day 

Purpose: Provides information about preventive approaches women can take to reduce their risks of breast cancer 

Fact #5Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women so it’s important to identify breast changes and get appropriate screening and treatment

Response: Most breast lumps are not breast cancer, however, take the time to notice what your breasts normally look and feel like and report any changes to your health care provider

Purpose: Promotes women to be self-aware and be advocate for their health 

References: 

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