Women put a lot of energy into taking care of their families.
As mothers, wives, sisters and daughters, women often take responsibility for making sure everyone is healthy. Sometimes, though, women don’t focus on their own health needs.
Five Plus recognizes the important role that family can play in supporting women to take steps that can reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. Learn about your role as a family member and discover the actions you can take to help the women you love stay healthy for life.
Important facts about breast health & breast cancer.
A woman’s risk of getting breast cancer nearly triples between the ages of 40 and 70. About one in nine women in BC will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Most women who develop breast cancer don’t have a family history of the disease. Only 5-10% of all breast cancers have a genetic cause; up to 42% are linked to lifestyle factors.
- Only 54% of BC women aged 50-69 currently go for a mammogram every two years as recommended.
- Advances in early detection have increased survival rates. Today, 89% of women are alive five years after a breast cancer diagnosis.
- Women in BC have one of the lowest breast cancer rates in the country and the highest survival rates in the country.