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Key Messages

  • The cancer system begins with prevention and health promotion, with the ultimate goal being to prevent cancer in the first place. We must do a much better job of primary prevention to reduce the number of avoidable cases of cancer. 
  • All men and women should lead a healthy lifestyle of eating well, being physically active and protect themselves in the sun as well as avoiding tobacco and environmental contaminants. 
  • All women should become familiar with the normal look and feel of their breasts and report any changes to their health provider. 
  • Have a yearly physical examination. 
  • Talk to your doctor or health provider about your risk of breast cancer and about cancer screening. 
  • Know that cancer screening saves lives and that if you’re over the age of 50 you can book an appointment for a mammogram yourself without a doctor’s referral. 
  • Women between 50 and 69 with an average risk for breast cancer should have a mammogram every 2 years.
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