Breast cancer prevention clinic

The Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment Clinic is a project of the Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention. This program is open to women who want to learn more about what they can do to reduce their risk of breast cancer. The curriculum includes the latest research about the relationship between breast cancer and factors including weight, physical activity, nutrition, alcohol, hormone use, and chemoprevention. Expert lifestyle counselors provide evidence-based personalized tips and strategies for how to reduce breast cancer risk through making healthy lifestyle changes.

We provided clinic sessions to more than 3000 women in British Columbia and across the country between 2011 and 2016, thanks to the generous support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation BC/Yukon. Tailored curricula were developed for Chinese, First Nations, and South Asian communities, as well as for high school audiences.

Risk assessment tools

Some of our clinic sessions have used validated tools that provide an assessment of breast cancer risk. These tools are available online as noted below.  Your physician can help you to understand the results.

More resources

The Clinic offers a summary handout and evidence-based answers to 29 frequently asked questions about preventing breast cancer.

The Canadian Cancer Society provides Canadian cancer statistics and healthy living information for cancer prevention, including breast cancer prevention.

The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation provides information on breast cancer risk factors.


Principal investigator: Carolyn Gotay, PhD

Staff: Marliese Dawson, BA; Tracey Mager, RD, MSc; Bonnie McCoy, MA, ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist & Cancer Exercise Trainer, EIMC Level 2, BCRPA Registered Leader

Project Funding


Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation—BC/Yukon Region

Support from BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre


Gotay, C., Dawson, M., Shen, H., Ashman, M., Mager, T., McCoy, B. (2017). A novel approach to teaching women how to reduce their breast cancer risk: The Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment Clinic. Available on UBC cIRcle at

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.


Gotay C, Shen H, Mager T, McCoy B, Dawson M. (2016, June). Objective and subjective risk assessment: challenges to breast cancer prevention. Poster presented at International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC) conference: Global Cancer Occurrences, Causes, and Avenues to Prevention, Lyon, France.

Gotay, C. (2013, November). Objective and subjective measures of breast cancer risk in adult women. Oral presentation at the Canadian Cancer Research Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

Campbell KL, Van Patten C, Neil SE, Gelmon KA, Gotay CC, McKenzie DC (2011, November). A pilot lifestyle intervention in overweight and obese breast cancer survivors: impact on biomarkers of recurrence. Poster presentation at the 1st Canadian Cancer Research Conference. Toronto, ON.