Breast cancer information
- 1 in 8 Canadian women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 33 are expected to die from breast cancer.
- In 2020, an estimated 27,700 Canadians will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 5,150 Canadians are expected to die from the disease.
- More than 80% of breast cancers occur in women who are 50 and over.
- Since the 1980s, breast cancer survival has increased by nearly 20%. Five-year breast cancer survival is 88% for women and 80% for men.
- The breast cancer death rate in women has been nearly cut in half, decreasing approximately 49% since it peaked in 1986. This reduction likely reflects the impact of research that has led to improvements in screening and treatment for breast cancer.
- Funds more groundbreaking breast cancer research than any other national charity
- Helps move research discoveries from the lab to people with cancer, by supporting clinical trials at hospitals and cancer centres across the country
- Educates women about early detection, diagnosis and treatment options
- Provides information and support to those living with breast cancer, to ensure that no one has to face breast cancer alone. They provide a comprehensive support system to local women whose lives have been touched by breast cancer, by:
- Operating a national cancer information helpline where people with questions about cancer can speak with a trained professional to learn more about their diagnosis, or the local services available to support them.
- Connecting people with others who have had a similar breast cancer experience, which can help women living with breast cancer and their family members by providing information and reducing anxiety and limiting feelings of isolation.
- Providing current, reliable information on breast cancer (about screening, diagnosis, treatment and life after cancer) in addition to connecting women to services in their communities.
- Helping women find wigs when they lose their hair as a result of cancer treatment.
- Providing a home away from home at one of our Lodges, for people who don’t live near a cancer centre and need to travel for treatment.