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Mois de la sensibilisation au cancer du sein

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).

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

Reconstruction options 

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).

See also


Public, Women's Health, News, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, Centre universitaire de santé McGill (CUSM)

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Last Update : 27 March 2020