89% of Canadians want earlier screening for breast cancer, survey says

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89 per cent of Canadians believe routine screening for breast cancer should begin before age 50. Photo: Pexels


(Julia Ranney/ Yahoo Canada) — Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in Canada, affecting approximately one in eight women.

Breast Cancer Canada released new information on Thursday that highlights breast cancer screening and the need for lived and diverse experiences in research.

The survey, which was conducted among members of the Angus Reid Forum, concluded there’s a national demand to lower the age for routine breast cancer screening. The data also identified the need for more race-based data and willingness of Canadians to share their experience with breast cancer to help improve new patient outcomes.

Read on learn more about the survey’s findings, as well as experiences and opinions from a breast cancer survivor.

While BCC expected that people would want to lower the routine screening age in Canada, they were “surprised” the number was as high as it was.

“We wanted to know what the general public in Canada wanted regarding screening and detection,” Kimberly Carson, CEO of BCC, told Yahoo Canada. (…)

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