About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
For over 25 years, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) has been at the forefront of a Canada-wide movement to raise awareness and mobilize action on breast cancer. Today, the Foundation is the leading organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. Since 1986, from coast to coast, CBCF has invested over $274 million to fund vital research and community health grants that have led progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. Visit cbcf.org and join the movement.
Breast health is an important part of our overall health and well-being. Being breast healthy means being breast aware; knowing about breast cancer risk factors and proactive ways to help reduce your personal risk of breast cancer; and being informed about screening for the earlier detection of breast cancer. These are important aspects of preventive health care. Preventive health is about making your health and well-being a priority. When you practice preventive health, you take action, informed by evidence-based knowledge or the precautionary principle, to improve your chances of good health and better the odds of stopping disease before it starts.
Risk Reduction – What Can You Do?
Breast cancer is believed to be a result of inherited and environmental factors. However, currently we do not know the precise causes of breast cancer. Therefore, we do not know how to completely eliminate the risk for breast cancer. However, you can make choices that may reduce your risk of developing breast cancer. Many of these behaviours may also help reduce the risk for other conditions.
Here are some steps you can take that may reduce your risk for breast cancer:
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Be physically active
- Limit your alcohol consumption to one drink or less per day
- Avoid tobacco smoke, both active and passive (second-hand), especially if you are a young woman
- Eat a healthy diet. For more information about eating well, check out Canada's Food Guide
- Avoid exposure to carcinogens
Regular physical activity helps improve your overall physical, emotional and social health and well-being. Another important reason to get more active is that this can lower your risk of breast cancer by as much as 25–30 per cent. Learn more.
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