Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Screening Tests Are An Imperfect System

Lyba Spring | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

When my sister got breast cancer, I let my family doctor know. She had previously been on board with my choice to use thermography as my breast screening tool, but was no longer, so I started having mammograms. We know that mammography is not only an imperfect tool, but carries its own risks.

Running Can Inspire People To Acts Of Virtue

Lisa Abram | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

Now in my 50s, I look back over the last five years or so with quiet resolve. Four girlfriends have been diagnosed with breast cancer, all with different journeys. When the sobering statistics warn that one in nine women will get this dreaded disease, I know that cancer lurks in the shadows.

Getting Tested For The 'Breast Cancer Genes'

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 (aka the breast cancer genes) have made headlines over the past few years with the help of some major celebrities. All of that attention has doubled the number of referrals to cancer genetics in Canadian hospitals such as Sunnybrook.

As a Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor, This Gave Me Hope

Julia Selinger | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Julia Selinger

One out of every 30 Canadian women who died last year lost her life to breast cancer. Just let that sink in. That is thousands upon thousands of lives. And the number of Canadian women who were diagnosed with breast cancer? One in nine! That's a shocking number. That's an epidemic.

This October, Let's Stop Pinkwashing Breast Cancer

Lisa Borden | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

Despite the lovely pink ribbon, toxic ingredients are polluting us. Maybe it's just the cynic in me, but I think it should be common sense that we can't shop our way to a cure -- especially by listening to companies who claim to be supporting us and fighting breast cancer, while selling products that can contribute to causing the very disease.

The Fashion And Beauty Buys That Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Huffington Post Canada | Madelyn Chung | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Style

Time to think pink!

One Glass Of Wine Could Increase The Risk Of This Cancer

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Living

Researchers at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston have revealed that moderate consumption of alcohol doesn't prevent health problem...

How Cancer Changed My Plans for Motherhood

Stephanie Gilman | Posted 05.29.2016 | Canada Living
Stephanie Gilman

Because my cancer was hormone-sensitive, I need to take a drug called Tamoxifen that is proven to reduce the risk of the cancer returning and possibly spreading to another part of my body. The newest recommendation is to stay on this drug for 10 years. Great news, right? A drug that could actually help keep me alive. I am lucky to have that option. Unfortunately, hormonal therapy for cancer comes with a whack of side effects. The biggest one for me is that I've been told not to get pregnant while taking it, due to its potential to cause birth defects.

Angelina Jolie Is Right: Knowledge Is Power When it Comes to Health

MJ DeCoteau | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Living
MJ DeCoteau

Like Angelina, I know the pain of losing one's mother to cancer. My mother also died in her 50s -- in her case it was breast cancer. It was the lack of relevant information about my own risk as young woman whose mother has just passed that lead me to found Rethink Breast Cancer, whose mission is to empower young people who are concerned about or affected by breast cancer. I applaud Angelina Jolie Pitt both for sharing her personal experiences, and for highlighting the importance of taking control of your own health.

How We Can Improve the Lives of Young Breast Cancer Patients

MJ DeCoteau | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada Impact
MJ DeCoteau

Young women with breast cancer present our healthcare professionals with difficult cases. They are often diagnosed with aggressive forms of breast cancer that require tough therapies. And the powerful treatments needed to stop the cancer can cause many complex side effects for young women, including early menopause.

Paula Abdul Made An Awesome Music Video About Breast Cancer

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada Music

"I want to talk to all the ladies in the world about breast cancer," sings Paula Abdul in her dance-filled new music video "Check Yourself." Pegged...

'Breast Cam' Is A Smart Reminder To Get Checked Out

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Living

How often do you have your breasts checked out? Nestlé Fitness is hammering home that question in a new ad promoting breast cancer screening as pa...

This Can Detect More Breast Cancer Than Mammograms

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Living

The largest study of its kind to date has shown that three-dimensional imaging finds more breast cancers than traditional mammography alone, according...

The Breast Cancer Foundation That Ignores Science

Alan Cassels | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Living
Alan Cassels

"Mammograms save lives," read the headline from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. My heart sank. Not only is this headline unlikely to be true, it's possibly dangerous. Recent research is adding up to what I would call a wholesale re-questioning of the need for mammography based on the fact that the overall benefits seem to be vanishingly small and the harms -- including unnecessary cancer scares, biopsies and surgeries -- considerable.

Everyday Chemicals You Should Be Worried About

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Living

Certain chemicals that are common in everyday life have been shown to cause breast cancer in lab rats and are likely to do the same in women, U.S. res...

Breast Cancer Survivor Poses Nude For Magazine

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.30.2014 | Canada Style

Talk about inspiring. A two-time breast cancer survivor has posed naked, scars and all, for Cosmopolitan magazine, with the goal of inspiring other...

Ladies, This Is Why You Should Go For A Walk Today

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

Here's a good reason to go for a short walk or run today: While prior research has already found that regular exercise can reduce breast cancer risk b...

Helping Kids Cope During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

M. Maitland DeLand | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
M. Maitland DeLand

Caregivers do their best to guide parents as they struggle to talk with their children about cancer, but misunderstanding, denial, and apprehension often distort the communication process. Frustration and fear can build up as parents respond to their child's curiosity with hesitation. Parents must provide appropriate information about cancer to gain the confidence they need to do the best they can for their child.

Inspiring Musicians Who Beat Breast Cancer

HuffPost Canada Music | Alina Kulesh | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada Music

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and organizations all over the world -- like the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation -- work hard to r...

How My Kids Are Honouring My Eight-Year-Long Fight With Breast Cancer

Maura Young | Posted 11.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Maura Young

What a difference a year makes! Last September at this time, I was full of nerves about doing the Pink O Course, a 10km, 30 obstacle race benefiting Rethink Breast Cancer. It seemed the perfect way to honour the many family and friends who I have lost to breast cancer, but also and incredible challenge for me personally because I am a breast cancer survivor.

12 Things You Didn't Know About Boobs

Everyday Health | Beth Gilbert and Regina Boyle Wheeler | Posted 06.12.2013 | Canada Living

By Beth Gilbert and Regina Boyle Wheeler, Everyday Health Women’s breasts have been a focus of fashion, sexual attraction, and health since the ...

Women Make 8-Day, 1,800-Km Ride Across Prairies For Breast Cancer

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada Impact

Ten women snowmobilers are riding 1,800 kilometres and stopping in 32 Saskatchewan cities and towns to raise cash for breast cancer research.It's the ...

Biking From Alaska to South America for Breast Cancer

Neil Walsky | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada Impact
Neil Walsky

On behalf of HBCF and in my mother's honor, Jesse Frechione and I are cycling from Alaska to South America. After initially being inspired to take a journey through South America after watching the movie The Motorcycle Diaries, I was convinced it was time to embark on this journey back in February 2011, when my mother underwent a lumpectomy for breast cancer. As we continue to pedal on with hope and excitement, our inspiration increases with each milestone we accomplish.

Mammograms Hurt, But Could Save Your Life

Erika Katz | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada Living
Erika Katz

Just three years ago, my best friend was bugging me to have a mammogram. I kept putting it off because I thought that was something for older women and I felt great. But when I did go and the technician asked me to come back in for another picture, I became nauseous, and all of a sudden I realized that I was vulnerable just like every other woman. What they found was not cancerous, but early detection is the key to survival. Make an appointment to get your breasts examined. It could save your life.

6 Myths And Facts About Breast Cancer

The Huffington Post Canada | Catherine Lefebvre | Posted 10.15.2012 | Canada Living

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there are many facts about what the disease entails — and what it doesn't. There are certainly commo...