October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This October also marks the third anniversary of the Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment Clinic, a program that helps women in BC and across Canada improve their breast health. The clinic offers free, evidence-based breast cancer prevention sessions in-person and online to individuals or community groups. Over the past three years, the clinic has helped more than 1000 women in BC and across Canada reduce their risk for breast cancer.
With a focus on behavioural changes to reduce the risk of breast cancer, the clinic is a unique model in North America. Poor eating habits, a lack of physical activity, drinking alcohol, and being overweight all contribute to breast and other cancers. Up to 40% of breast cancers are due to unhealthy habits, and only 5-10% of breast cancers are inherited – the vast majority of women who get breast cancer do not have a family history of this disease. Clinic staff provide information so women can make healthy choices and take actions that reduce their breast cancer risk and boost their well-being.
The clinic is open to all women who are at increased risk, or are worried about their risk, of breast cancer, and do not need a physician’s referral to attend. There is also no cost to attend.
To register for the clinic, please call 604-603-5140 or contact the clinic online.
The clinic is a program of the Cancer Prevention Centre, with funding from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation BC/Yukon Region.