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October 8, 2008

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know?
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women. 

  • In 2008, an estimated 22,400 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 5,300 will die of it.

  • An estimated 170 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 50 will die of it.

  • Breast cancer death rates have declined by 25% since 1986.

  • Incidence and death rates for breast cancer have declined since 1969 in women aged 20-39.

Survival has been improving gradually. Today survival ranges between 87% and 89% for women aged 40 and older. For women under 40, survival is 81%, excluding Quebec.

- Source: Canadian Cancer Society

About the Winnipeg Health Region’s Breast Health Centre

The Breast Health Centre (BHC), located at 100-400 Tache Ave. across from St. Boniface General Hospital, offers timely diagnosis and treatment planning, using state-of-the-art equipment and standard practice guidelines with the input and expertise of a multidisciplinary team who provide information, education, support and links across the continuum of care.

The Breast Health Centre provides services to women and men of all ages who have breast problems or signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Based on a team approach for breast health, the Centre coordinates clinical assessment, diagnostic tests, treatment, education and support through a variety of specialized programs. All of the services are provided at no cost through Manitoba Health.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, clients attend complimentary group pre- and post- operative teaching sessions (co-taught with CancerCare Manitoba's Centre of Hope staff), and are given information on their type of breast cancer.  If clients are not able to attend these sessions in person, the centre will loan them a DVD of the sessions.

BHC clients are also offered the opportunity to speak with the social worker or dietitian, for one-on-one, couples, or family consultation. 

The Breast Health Centre also offers two other complimentary group classes - Bone Health After Breast Cancer and Choose to Eat Healthy & Get Fit. These group classes are open to all women and men with breast cancer, regardless of who their surgeon was.  Referrals are not needed for these free classes.  Call (204) 235-3906 for more information or to register.

Click here for more information about services offered at the Breast Health Centre

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Learn more about the revolutionary work being done by breast reconstruction surgeons at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg.

Reconstructing Breasts - And Self Esteem

For more information about Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please visit:

CancerCare Manitoba

Canadian Cancer Society

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