Five Plus means... five steps plus early detection.
Women have the power to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. But in spite of breast cancer’s high public profile, many women aren’t getting clear information about how to take action.
Now, BC’s leading breast cancer organizations have joined forces to show women how simple it can be. Our team of experts has reviewed the best and most current research available and identified five key actions that women should take for better breast health.
You can be confident that each of the five actions:
- Is shown by many research studies to reduce breast cancer risk
- Applies to most women in their life time
- Is easy to understand and practical to follow
Five Plus addresses both prevention and early detection of breast cancer:
- “Five” recommendations are what every woman should know about how to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer;
- The “Plus” recommendations are breast screening steps that women should follow between the ages of 40 and 74.
Five Plus also recognizes the important role that others can play in supporting women’s health. We provide easy ways for family members to share this important breast health information with the women in their lives. We also reach out to health care providers to help them communicate the Five Plus steps to their patients.
The Five Plus campaign is part of a Provincial Breast Health Strategy, which unites government, health authorities and community partners to improve breast cancer screening, diagnosis and prevention across BC.
Our goal at Five Plus is to offer BC women and their families the information they need to reduce the risk of breast cancer. To accomplish this, we educate all BC women about the five easy steps they can follow to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer.
In addition, we motivate women aged 40-74 to take their breast health a few steps further by knowing how their breasts look and feel so that they notice any changes, and by talking to their health care providers about mammograms.
Finally, we encourage everyone to step forward and share this important information with the women in their lives.