Breast cancer can be intimidating, confusing and overwhelming. The Canadian Cancer Society is here to help you make sense of breast cancer, offering straightforward information you can trust.
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  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Advice, information & tips from others who have dealt with issues you may be facing
  • Links to credible resources to learn more

 

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  • Breast Health & Cancer Risk

    Getting the facts about breast health and knowing the risk factors for breast cancer is an important step in taking care of your health. You can begin by understanding breast changes and conditions, as well as learning how to become “breast aware”. Understanding your risk for breast cancer and what you can do to help reduce your risk is also discussed in this section.

  • Understanding Breast Cancer & Diagnosis

    Breast cancer is an extremely complex disease. Gain a basic understanding of breast cancer, including the different types, and learn how breast cancer is diagnosed in this section.

  • Newly diagnosed

    A diagnosis of breast cancer brings with it many emotions, questions and concerns. In this section, you can learn about the feelings that are normal when you are first diagnosed and how to cope with them. As well, tips on telling others about your diagnosis, including your children, are provided. You can also learn about your healthcare team and how you can best participate in your own care in this section.

  • Breast Cancer Treatment & Side Effects

    This section discusses the different treatments for breast cancer and what you can expect. Treatments covered here include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapies, as well as complementary therapies.

  • Emotional & Practical Issues

    Breast cancer can impact your life in many different ways, and here you can learn about emotional and practical concerns that are common to many women, as well as coping techniques. Topics covered include feelings, relationships, fertility, finances, and work.

  • Breast reconstruction

    Breast reconstruction is an option available to most women after having a mastectomy. This section discusses what is involved in breast reconstruction, including the different techniques used, and what you can expect from these procedures.

  • Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer (HBOC)

    About 5-10% of all cases of breast and ovarian cancer are hereditary, caused from faulty genes inherited from a parent. Learn about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and how risk is assessed in this section. Those at high risk can get information about genetic counseling and testing, sharing test results with your family, and risk management options

  • Metastatic breast cancer

    Metastatic breast cancer is cancer that has spread beyond the breast to a different site in the body. Learn about the diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer and treatment options. Information is also provided on managing symptoms and coping with treatment side effects. As well, tips on managing your emotional wellbeing and maintaining quality of life while living with metastatic breast cancer are provided.

  • Male breast cancer

    Although rare, men can also develop breast cancer. This section provides information on breast cancer in men, including risk factors, symptoms and treatment.

  • For Family & Friends

    Breast cancer not only affects those diagnosed, but also their family and friends. This section discusses how you can support a loved one with breast cancer, and provides information that addresses the feelings and challenges specific to partners and caregivers.

  • In the News

    Stay up to date. CBCF monitors the news and brings you the latest headlines related to breast cancer and hereditary risk.