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 Healthy Living

Make today the day you take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle! 

There are no known causes for breast cancer but there are many factors that are highly associated with the disease, like obesity after menopause, eating a diet high in fat and drinking too much alcohol. These examples are lifestyle related and although adopting a healthy lifestyle doesn't mean you won't develop breast cancer, many studies show that it does reduce your risk of first-time breast cancer and recurrence. Eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise is recommended by all breast health professionals. Although there is no specific diet, eating a diet low in animal fat and high in vegetable and fruits will boost your immune system as well as control side effects during treatments. 


Dr Natasha Zajmalowski ND, a board certified Naturopathic Doctor from Proactive Healthcare emphasizes a Proactive Healthcare regime—allowing you to make positive and direct changes in the areas of your health over which you have control. See Dr Zajmalowski's Proactive Breast Health Foods and Proactive Heath Care for your Breasts

Find out what conventionally-raised fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residue : EWG's  Dirty Dozen food list.


Health Canada also offers advice on healthy eating  and physical activity as ways of reducing your risk. Research shows that 30 to 35% of all cancers can be prevented by eating well, being active, and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Our Environment

Did you know that a new born baby starts life with 230 industrial chemicals in its blood? 180 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer in humans or animals.* 

For most of us, the cost of making extreme modifications to our homes or changing careers in order to live completely "green" is not feasible. However there are many things that can be done in your daily life and if you integrate these changes gradually in the areas where you are most vulnerable. You can be living green before you know it! For great tips check out Prevent Cancer Now and Green Living

Occupations and breast cancer - Sectors with increased risk included agriculture, bar/gambling, automotive plastics manufacturing, food canning and metal-working. Importantly, premenopausal breast cancer risk was highest in the automotive plastics and food canning industries. Read more about links between the risk of breast cancer and the working environment.

Follow the warnings and handling procedures in material safety data sheets (MSDSs) that are available for most chemicals. Work with your employer to ensure that your workplace has good air quality and that chemicals are properly handled.

How many chemicals do you come in contact with every day?

PCBs, dioxin, pesticides, phthalates, BPA, PVC, fire retardants and cosmetic ingredients have all been linked with breast cancer. Here is an alphabetized list of carcinogens that was compiled by Health Canada: Substances Assessed For Carcinogenicity

How safe are your skin care products?  

"Skin Deep" is a cosmetic database where you can verify how safe your brands are.  Compare today at EWG Cosmetic Database 

Updated 05/32/2014


The Breast Cancer Society of Canada is a tax-exempt and registered charity (charitable registration number 137969861R0001).