A model of cancer prevention in British Columbia: The Breast Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment Clinic

Approximately 1 in 9 Canadian women will develop breast cancer at some time in life, while 1 in 29 can be expected to die from the disease. These figures mean that 2800 women will have been diagnosed with breast cancer in British Columbia in 2011, and 600 women will have died from the disease. Estimates suggest that as many as 40% of breast cancers can be prevented by modifying lifestyle risk factors, yet there has been little systematic focus within the health care system on achieving this benefit. A new clinic aims to lower risk rates for women who are at an in­creased, nongenetic risk of breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment Clinic will do this by providing objective risk assessments and evidence-based counseling to promote lifestyle changes, as well as by providing preventive pharmacological options for appropriate candidates.

Personnel

Authors: Carolyn Gotay, PhD; Bonnie McCoy, MA; Marliese Dawson, BA; Joseph Ragaz, MD.

Publications

Gotay, C., McCoy, B., Dawson, M., Ragaz, J. (2012). A model of cancer prevention in British Columbia: The Breast Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment Clinic. BC Medical Journal, 54 (3), 130–135.