Research shows that the way we live influences our risk of developing breast cancer.
In this section, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation offers information to help you to take action for your breast health and to reduce your risk of breast cancer.
Our lifestyle choices are shaped by many factors, including our income, where we live and work, the quality of the air we breathe, the standard of housing we live in, and our proximity to public transport, grocery stores, safe parks and public spaces, health clinics, and other amenities that support our wellness. These factors shape our health and the choices we are able to make.
By living well —being a healthier body weight, eating a more balanced diet, getting regular physical activity, limiting your alcohol consumption and quitting smoking—you can help to reduce your risk of breast cancer.
By reducing your exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment – at home and at work - you can also help to reduce your risk of breast cancer.
Taking Precautions For Your Breast Health
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation supports the use of the precautionary principlePrecautionary principle (precautionary approach):
An approach to preventing harm to human health and the environment when the scientific evidence is not conclusive. When we face scientific uncertainty, we have options and we can act. If we think there is potential for harm, we can choose to take preventive action now – this is what’s known as the precautionary principle. as a way to apply evolving breast cancer prevention evidence in our daily lives. By following the precautionary principle in your life, when scientific evidence is inconclusive you put your health first and err on the side of caution.
There are many practical actions and concrete steps we can take now to help reduce the risk of breast cancer. We encourage you to take precautions that put your health and the health of others first.
Explore this section to learn more about steps you can take to reduce your breast cancer risk: