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Breast Health

Breasts change over the course of life (pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause, aging, etc.). Every woman can play an active role in keeping her breasts healthy. The easiest way to improve both your general health and the specific health of your breasts is to adopt healthy lifestyle habits.

  • Exercise regularly. Women who engage in moderate activity for 30 to 60 minutes about 4 times a week see their risk of developing breast cancer decrease by 21 to 35%, according to studies.
  • Eat healthy. Choosing low-fat, high-fibre foods and eating five fruits and vegetables a day helps maintain a healthy weight and prevent breast cancer. According to Health Canada, increasing weight by more than five kilograms during adulthood is a risk factor for breast cancer after menopause.
  • Quit smoking and avoid exposure to tobacco smoke. In some studies, smoking and second-hand smoke are associated with breast cancer. Tobacco smoke is responsible for 30% of all cancer deaths.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption. Women who drink two to three drinks a day increase their risk of developing breast cancer by 40%.
  • For women 50 to 69 years of age, have a screening mammogram every two years.


Quebec Breast Cancer Screening Program

The Quebec Breast Cancer Screening Program (PQDCS) has been implemented in Abitibi-Témiscamingue since 1999. The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue is recognized as a Designated Screening Centre (CDD) that can provide screening mammography services. Fixed-term contracts are subject to rigorous quality standards.

When a woman turns 50, she receives a letter from the Regional Service Coordination Centre inviting her to make an appointment for a screening mammogram. Women who choose to take this exam then receive a reminder letter every two years. A reminder letter is sent to women who have not responded to the invitation or reminder after a few months.