Concerned About Breast Health?
Here’s What You Need to Know:
Here are the facts: Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women. One in nine Canadian women is expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime (by age 90). Approximately 24,400 Canadian women were diagnosed in 2014.
In 2014, 19% of all new breast cancers in Canada are expected to be diagnosed in women under 50. Approximately 5% of Canadian women diagnosed with breast cancer will be under the age of 40. Though the numbers may seem small, younger women with breast cancer have many unique needs and require age-appropriate support and resources.
Why do young women get breast cancer?
It’s a complex story. Genetics play a part, as can hormones, lifestyle and the environment. And then there’s just plain, unexplainable ‘bad luck’ aka chance (based on the number of times stem cells divide in the different tissues and the errors that can occur during this process). For many women, they will never know exactly what caused their breast cancer; it’s a unique and personal experience.
But that’s not to say you can’t do everything in your power to get ahead of it and both understand and reduce your risk of breast cancer.
Do you know your breasts like the back of your hand?
If your answer is yes, we commend you on your breast awareness. If your answer is no, it’s time to get educated.Your education is about becoming the best (and breast!) ambassador to your own health. Read on to learn about risk factors including genetic links, what prevention/risk reduction means, and how to detect any changes in your breast health.