Breast cancer: A cause that touches us all
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. In 2017, there were 6500 new cases of breast cancer in Québec. This cancer, which results from the multiplication of abnormal cells in the breast, is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
Better chances of survival
Early detection improves survival and access to more effective treatments. The disease is usually discovered when signs of it are detected by radiological exam (mammogram), a health professional or the woman herself.
For this reason, it is recommended to follow these three good practices:
- Regular breast observation
- Clinical breast exam performed by a qualified health professional
- Mammogram every two years, if you’re between the ages of 50 and 69
Men can also develop breast cancer
Men, like women, have breast tissue and therefore are not immune from developing breast cancer. However these cases are rare: in Canada and Québec men account for fewer than 1% of all breast cancer cases. Across Canada, this means about 200 men develop the disease and 55 die from it yearly (Québec Breast Cancer Foundation).
- Dr. Israël Fortin, radiation oncologist at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont du CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, emphasizes that, unlike for women, breast cancer screening is not recommended for men. In an interview on Pénélope, a show on ICI Radio-Canada Première, he also talks about signs to watch for in men.
- Listen to the show (in french)
Québec Breast Cancer Screening Program (PQDCS)
The Québec Breast Cancer Screening Program (PQDCS) urges all women aged 50 to 69 years to have a screening mammogram every 2 years. The goal of the program is to reduce the breast cancer death rate by 25%.
- Info-Mammo hotline: 514 528-2424
Once breast cancer has been diagnosed, there are several treatment options. In many cases, a combination of techniques is used (surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy).
- The Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) took part in an event called “Bravoure”, which focused on breast cancer, hereditary genetic predisposition and various reconstruction options.
- Watch the video on Facebook (in french)
- Also, to mark Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day on 16 October, the McGill University Health Centre (MUCH), will be holding an evening of in-depth discussion on the options available to women considering breast reconstruction surgery.