Health Topic of the Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

1 in 8 Canadian women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

Did You Know?

  • Some breast lumps are really cysts or fibrosis, which are non-cancerous changes in the breast - both are common to women at some point in their lives
  • Lumps are only abnormal growths and will not spread to the rest of the body
  • Most breast lumps are not cancerous, though this needs to be confirmed by tests including screening mammograms

Normal vs. Fibrocystic

What are the Risk Factors of Breast Cancer?

 Risk factors that you cannot control include:

  • Older age
  • Genetics, family history of breast cancer
Risk factors you can control include:
  • Obesity
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Taking birth control pills
  • Not having children or having your first child after 35

Risk Factors

Information, Resources and Support

 Canadian Cancer Society

–Talk to an information specialist for treatment, side effects, coping with cancer, emotional support services
  • a free online community service
–Talk to someone who's been there
  • Speak one-on-one with trained volunteers who are cancer survivors
–Participate in discussions or watch webcasts on different topics
–Phone: 1-888-939-3333; email:
Canadian Cancer Society