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CANADIAN LIVING / HEALTH / Living Well / P. 18 November 2001

A Year of Living Carefully

Great ways to take charge of your family's well-being


Whether to do breast self-examinations (BSEs) is a personal decision for all women. The Breast of Canada 2002 calendar demonstrates how to do a proper BSE and includes general breast health information and breast lore. A percentage of the profits from the sale of the calendar, which includes photography by Melanie Gillis, will go to at least one breast-related charity. Many cancer organizations and specialists support BSEs despite the recommendations from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care that women no longer be routinely taught how to do BSEs and that BSEs be excluded from medical examinations. The Task Force confirmed that BSEs may cause more harm than good because they can lead to more doctor visits, biopsies for benign lumps and unnecessary anxiety.

Cancer experts believe that even if BSEs may not save lives, they gives women a hands-on tool for self-care. Dr. Shirley Kopolovic, a family doctor in Toronto, notes that women feel more in control of their own fates if they think they can do something to improve their health. Among Canadian women, breast cancer accounts for 30 per cent of all new cancer cases annually; last year there were an estimated 19,200 new cases and 5,500 deaths from the disease. 

The calendar is available from DoorMouse Distribution, call 1-800-668-7724 or visit www.doormouse.ca