Embrace the power of One New Thing
Let’s turn talk into action. The 2015 Canadian Cancer Statistics were released last month, and this year’s report has a special focus on the future burden of cancer and the important role of risk reduction. We know all too well the burden cancer places on individuals and their families, the workplace and on our healthcare system.
With an aging population and growing incidence of chronic diseases, the call for change needs not only to be heard, but acted upon. The World Health Organization suggests “prevention offers the most cost- effective, longterm strategy for controlling cancer and other non- communicable diseases.” We couldn’t agree more, and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Region is doing something about it.
Our biggest risk reduction program is already on the road, literally. The Pink Tour is working its way across Atlantic Canada now and into the early fall, talking to women face- to- face about ways they can reduce their personal risk of developing breast cancer. One- third of breast cancers can actually be prevented, yet our research showed us this fact was not yet well known in our region.
Whether it’s eating better, exercising more often, reducing stress, limiting alcohol or eliminating smoking, Atlantic Canadian women are committing to #OneNewThing on the Pink Tour (thepinktour.ca). These small lifestyle changes can reduce their risk of developing the disease.
In doing this, they’ll also reduce their risk of other chronic diseases, and reap the additional benefits of better health and wellness.
The projected statistics for 2030 suggest breast cancer will remain one of the four most common cancers among women.
Regular breast screening helps us find and treat cancer sooner, but lifestyle changes have the potential to prevent the disease.
There’s never been a better time for change.
So starting today, what’s your One New Thing? Jane Parsons CEO Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Region