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Breast Cancer Awareness

Knowledge is power
If you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may not know where to turn. But learning as much as possible about your disease and educating your family and friends will help you manage your health. The more you are aware of what to expect, the more prepared you can be to meet any challenges along the way. Find the information you need here. You'll discover a wide variety of topics on breast cancer, from learning about the causes, to getting treatment, to finding strategies for living with the disease. You can also use Decision Points to help you make the right choices for you. Read on for helpful resources and information. 

Know your risk of breast cancer
You may believe that there is little that you can do to lower your breast cancer risk because you've heard that genes play a role in breast cancer. While there are things you can't change, such as the genes you inherited, your age, or your gender, you can change things in your environment. It's important to talk with your doctor about your specific cancer risk. Your doctor can also help you figure out if you have particular risks because of your lifestyle. Together, you can put together a plan to figure out what steps to take if you have a high risk and what you can do to help prevent breast cancer. Get the facts about risk factors here. 

Confused about breast cancer screening?
Breast cancer screening is important because tests can find breast cancer early, when the chances of successful treatment are highest. What's more, signs and symptoms of breast cancer do not occur right away. But you might have heard conflicting things about breast cancer screenings in the media. Maybe you are confused about which screenings you need, and how often you should get them. Let us help clear up the confusion. Use this guide to learn the screening recommendations from experts based on your age and the two methods most commonly used for early detection. 

Still have questions?

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Still have questions? Now call HealthLine at 811 for professional health advice anytime.

HealthLine is a confidential, 24-hour health information and support telephone line, staffed by Registered Nurses, Registered Psychiatric Nurses and Social Workers. The professionals who work at HealthLine are experienced and specially trained to help you make decisions about your health care options. They can help you decide whether to treat your own symptoms, go to a clinic, see your primary health care provider, or access emergency medical care, if necessary.

HealthLine is available to anyone in the province, free of charge. Services are offered in English, with translation available in over 100 languages. TTY access for the hearing impaired is available, call 1-888-425-4444.

Medications

Questions regarding medications? Call 1-800-665-DRUG (3784)

The Saskatchewan Drug Information Line provides healthcare professionals and the general public with access to current, concise, unbiased information on drugs and drug therapy.

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