#OneNewThing can mean everything
#OneNewThing can mean everything
Would it surprise you to know that 1/3 of breast cancers could be prevented by living well? Learn ten other surprising facts about breast health and build your personal plan for living well.
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Family history may matter less than you think
Family history may matter less than you think
Just 5–10% of breast cancers are linked to family history. Most breast cancers are due to a combination of other factors – including things you can change in your lifestyle.
Your risk increases with age
Your risk increases with age
Although younger woman do develop breast cancer, getting older is one of the biggest contributing factors. Living well and regular screening are your best defences against breast cancer. Use the slider to see how common breast cancer is for your age.
risk
Risk of developing breast cancer in the next 10 years for women at average risk.
Source: Canadian Cancer Statistics 2014, (2009 data).
Being active helps at any age
Being active helps at any age
Regular physical activity helps reduce your risk of breast cancer. A healthier body weight is key. And the benefits of being active begin as soon as you start, no matter how old you are.
It’s beneficial to be breast aware
It’s beneficial to be breast aware
Even though some breast changes are normal, other changes are not. Know how your breasts normally look and feel, so that any unusual changes can be discussed with a health care provider.
Early detection and screening saves lives
Early detection and screening saves lives
Regular screening can find earlier signs of breast cancer – including tumours that are too small to feel. In most cases, finding the disease earlier offers more effective treatment options and a better chance of survival.
Variety is better than any one “super food”
Variety is better than any one “super food”
There is no clear evidence that eating “super foods” – or any one type of food – can help prevent breast cancer. However, maintaining a healthier body weight by eating a variety of foods and smaller portions is a great way to reduce your risk.
Every drink increases your risk
Every drink increases your risk
A glass of red wine may be good for the heart, but no amount of alcohol is good for your breasts. It’s not the type of alcohol that increases your risk of breast cancer, but how much you drink and how often.
Smoking can cause more than lung cancer
Smoking can cause more than lung cancer
Both smoking and second-hand smoke have been linked to breast cancer. Quitting can be hard but two days without a cigarette can leave your body nicotine-free.
Hormones can have a big impact
Hormones can have a big impact
Taking synthetic hormones like those found in combined birth control pills or combined hormone replacement therapies (with estrogen and progesterone) can increase your risk for breast cancer.
Earth friendly is often breast friendly
Earth friendly is often breast friendly
Exposure to chemicals in our environment and in everyday products we use at home may increase our risk of breast cancer. Put your health first and choose simpler options when it comes to food, make-up and personal care products.
Create Your Breast Health Plan
Now that you know the facts, it’s time for action. Answer these questions to get your personalized breast health plan, and ideas about what to ask a health care provider.
Simply answer these questions to personalize your plan.
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How old are you?
20–39
40–49
50+
Are you active enough to get your heart rate up?
Never
1–2 times
a week
3–5 times
a week
Every day
Do you try to make “healthier” food choices?
I don’t really think about it
Depends on how I’m feeling
I always try to
Are you taking (or considering) any of these medications?
No
Yes, birth control pills
Yes, fertility treatment
Yes, hormone replacement therapy
How often do you drink alcohol?
Never
Less than once a month
Less than one drink a day
At least one drink a day
How often do you smoke?
Never
Occasionally
Regularly
How aware are you of harmful ingredients in household and personal care products?
Not very
Somewhat
Very