3 new ways to fight breast cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but great new initiatives aimed at increasing our knowledge and supporting women with breast cancer are rolling out all year’right across Canada. Here are just three, of many, that are worth checking out
Breast Cancer Navigation Map
Launched in March, Breast Cancer Navigation Map is a beautifully illustrated website offering practical advice and emotional support for women with breast cancer. Created by the B.C./Yukon chapter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF), it includes videos of survivors talking about their feelings and experiences, starting with diagnosis, through surgery, to living their day-to-day lives. It’s like a virtual support group.
New breast cancer film festival
Breast Fest, the world’s first film festival to examine breast cancer issues, will include a short-film competition, documentaries and dramatic features. Organized by Rethink Breast Cancer, which funds support programs for young women with the disease, Breast Fest aims to connect more people to the cause. The films will screen Nov. 21 and 22, 2008, in Toronto.
Tour for the Cure
In spring 2009, the “Tour for the Cure” bus—completely wrapped in pink—will set off from Halifax and travel to cities and towns throughout Atlantic Canada. It’s part of an educational campaign by the Atlantic Region of the CBCF to get women to have their breasts checked regularly. The goal? For 85 percent of the region’s women age 40 to 69 to be getting routine screening by 2010.