Breast cancer is the type of cancer that is the most diagnosed in women. It is estimated that 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer during her life.
Unfortunately, of this number, many will also succumb. However, the earlier breast cancer is detected, better are the chances of survival. This is why screening is important. In Canada, major awareness campaigns have informed the population about the importance of self-breast examination (done by the woman herself), the medical examination (by a doctor) and mammography (an X-ray examination to detect abnormalities within the breast tissue). The Quebec Breast Cancer Screening Program (PQDCS) invites women aged 50 to 69, on a voluntary basis, to have a screening mammogram every 2 years. While mammography remains the only recognized examination for early detection that is reliable and capable of significantly increasing the chances of survival, knowing your own breast area will help you know what changes to report to your doctor. It is recommended to see your doctor as soon as possible when you detect an unusual lump or mass on one breast, a change in appearance or shape of the breast, skin or the nipple. For more information, see your health care professional!