Tips to help you be healthy, be breast aware and be informed

Breast health experts want to support you in creating breast health and reducing your risk of breast cancer.

While these daily health tips were initially created to celebrate breast health month in October, evidence based information, tips, tools and resources can help you, no matter what month it is..

Daily Health Tips

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Tip #1: The 3 Bs of Breast Health Tip #1: The 3 Bs of Breast Health
Being healthy involves choosing lifestyle habits to help decrease your risk of breast cancer.

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Tip #2: Reduce Your Risk & Improve Your Health Tip #2: Reduce Your Risk & Improve Your Health
No one action guarantees breast cancer prevention but you can reduce your risk & improve your health.

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Tip #3: Sit Less and Move More Tip #3: Sit Less and Move More
Thirty minutes of moderate physical activity each day may help reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.

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Tip #4: Eating a Healthy Diet Tip #4: Eating a Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet with an emphasis on vegetables, fruit, whole grains and legumes will provide you with the many cancer fighting compounds.

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Tip #5: What is the Size of Your Drink? Tip #5: What is the Size of Your Drink?
Drinking alcohol increases the risk of developing breast cancer. What is the size of your drink?

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Tip #6: Smoking Increases the Risk of Developing Breast Cancer Tip #6: Smoking Increases the Risk of Developing Breast Cancer
If you smoke or smoked in the past, you are at risk of developing breast cancer.

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Tip #7: The Breast Cancer Risks You Can Change and Those You Cannot Tip #7: The Breast Cancer Risks You Can Change and Those You Cannot
You cannot control some risk factors for breast cancer while some you can.

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Tip #8: A Healthy Lifestyle Can Reduce Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer Tip #8: A Healthy Lifestyle Can Reduce Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer
Did you know?  A healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by one-third.

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Tip #9: Eating Right Will Boost Energy and Reduce the Risk of Cancer Tip #9: Eating Right Will Boost Energy and Reduce the Risk of Cancer
Vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes are part of a healthy diet.

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Tip #10: Maintaining a Healthy Weight Will Help Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer Tip #10: Maintaining a Healthy Weight Will Help Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer
The more weight a person gains over a lifetime the higher the risk of developing breast cancer.

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Tip #11: Use Health Information That is Research Based Tip #11: Use Health Information That is Research Based
Information is freely available to the world through the internet. The hard part is knowing if it is reliable or not.

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Tip #12: Visit Our Website Often to Support Your Breast Health Tip #12: Visit Our Website Often to Support Your Breast Health
At the Breast Health Centre, it is important to us that we provide the most recent and up to date information based on the current research.

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Tip #13: Sometimes the More Health Information You Hear, the More Confused You Can Become Tip #13: Sometimes the More Health Information You Hear, the More Confused You Can Become
With seeing and hearing so many health messages it can be overwhelming. How do you decide which one is the most accurate?

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Tip #14: It’s Never Too Early to Know Your Body or Your Breasts Tip #14: It’s Never Too Early to Know Your Body or Your Breasts
Teens are interested and sometimes worried about their breast health because many may know someone who has been affected by breast cancer.

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Tip #15: Consider Breast Screening Tip #15: Consider Breast Screening
BreastCheck is a provincial program available to women over the age of 50 who do not have signs or symptoms of breast cancer.

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Tip #16: Breast Health Experts are Available to Support You in Breast Health at BHC Tip #16: Breast Health Experts are Available to Support You in Breast Health at BHC
At the Breast Health Centre, amultidisciplinary team of breast health experts work together to provide comprehensive and individualized care, based on the best available evidence.

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Tip #17: What is lymphedema, what to watch for and how to manage it Tip #17: What is lymphedema, what to watch for and how to manage it
Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymph fluid that may appear in the arm, hand, trunk, and chest areas on the same side as your breast cancer surgery/treatment.

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Tip #18: Supports offered by the Breast Cancer Centre of Hope Tip #18: Supports offered by the Breast Cancer Centre of Hope
The Breast Cancer Centre of Hope offers information, support and links to help you and your family understand breast cancer.

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Tip #19: Education sessions at BHC Tip #19: Education sessions at BHC
There are two free nutrition and lifestyle programs offered at the Breast Health Centre in the evenings three times a year.

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Tip #20: Power to create change Tip #20: Power to create change
A healthy lifestyle is one in which you eat a balanced diet, when you limit or avoid alcohol, when you do not smoke and when you get regular physical activity.

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Tip #21: What does breast health involve? Tip #21: What does breast health involve?
Your breast health involves knowing your breasts, knowing your personal risk for breast cancer and knowing ways to reduce your risk.

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Tip #22: Know how your breasts look and feel Tip #22: Know how your breasts look and feel
Research suggests that knowing what your breasts look and feel like is a key component of breast health.

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Tip #23: What causes breast changes? Tip #23: What causes breast changes?
Breasts change over a person’s lifetime. Many breast changes are caused by hormone levels in our body going up and down.

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Tip #24: What breast changes do you need to talk to your health care provider about? Tip #24: What breast changes do you need to talk to your health care provider about?
Some breast changes need to be assessed by your health care provider.

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Tip #25: What causes breast pain? Tip #25: What causes breast pain?
Breast pain is a common concern and not usually caused by cancer. It can happen at anytime and is not always related to the menstrual cycle.

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Tip #26: What is normal where breasts are concerned? Tip #26: What is normal where breasts are concerned?
Every woman’s breasts are different. Breasts come in different sizes and shapes and these differences may be normal for you.

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Tip #27: Health includes emotional, spiritual, mental and physical well-being Tip #27: Health includes emotional, spiritual, mental and physical well-being
Often when people think of health, the focus is on physical well-being. Although this is very important, other key aspects of health include your emotional and spiritual well-being, which can be easily be overlooked.

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Tip #28: Ways to incorporate breast familiarity into your routine Tip #28: Ways to incorporate breast familiarity into your routine
Not everyone is comfortable with their bodies, touching themselves or looking in the mirror. You may feel hesitant to become familiar with how your breasts look and feel.

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Tip #29: Accessing BHC services Tip #29: Accessing BHC services
Most clients that come to the Breast Health Centre are referred by their healthcare provider, but we also accept self-referrals.

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Tip #30: Before and after surgery education sessions Tip #30: Before and after surgery education sessions
Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer is never easy. There are two sessions offered regularly.

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Tip #31: Support offered at BHC Tip #31: Support offered at BHC
Counseling can assist you in coping better and help you move forward to recovery. Don’t be afraid to reach out.

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