• Podcast: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Breast Cancer but Were Afraid to Ask

    This October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month we invited guests from three professions to share their expertise and answer questions. As well, three BCAQc members provided moving testimonials of living with breast cancer.

    If you missed the evening, a recording is available here.

  • Working Women and Breast Cancer: The State of the Evidence

    Now available in French

    A major publication on occupational breast cancer, Working Women and Breast Cancer: The State of the Evidence, published by the Breast Cancer Fund, has now been translated into French thanks to the outstanding work of professional translators Geneviève Tardif and Christine Laprise, both longtime translators for Breast Cancer Action Quebec. We give them our deepest thanks for their invaluable work.

    Read Work and Female Breast Cancer: The State of the Evidence, 2002-2017

    Read Work and Breast Cancer: Recommendations to address research needs

    Read Travail et cancer du sein chez la femme : un aperçu des données probantes pour la période 2002-2017

    Read Travail et cancer du sein : Recommandations répondant aux besoins de la recherche

  • Toxic Exposures are a Feminist Issue!

    Canadian Women against Toxic Substances

    Gender, biology and determinants of health, such as socio-economic status, employment, belonging to racialized groups and Indigenous communities, all play important roles affecting Canadian women’s health in relation to exposures to toxic substances. Canadian Women against Toxic Substances are concerned that the present-day laws which oversee the regulation and control of toxic substances do not adequately account for these factors, leaving women and the next generation vulnerable to a wide range of long-term negative health effects.

    The foundation of our environmental regulations - The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) - is currently under review by the federal government. A serious reform of this legislation is of vital importance to Canadian women, as workers, mothers, caregivers and for all the other essential roles they play in our communities and in all their diverse realities. It is a question of the most fundamental environmental health justice.

    Read further and see how exposure to toxic substances is a feminist issue. You may be surprised to learn among other things, that despite fundamental differences in biology between men and women, animal studies that too frequently relied on male-only models still dominate the scientific evidence.

    Click here to learn more

  • Book a workshop

    Breast Cancer Action Quebec offers a range of educational workshops:

    • Prevention and Action Against Cancer and Toxicants (PACT)
    • Beast of Beauty
    • Chemical Detective
    • Breast Cancer and the Workplace
    • From Anger to Conformity: What has happened to a feminist analysis of breast cancer?

      We have a team of facilitators available to give them in schools, workplaces, community groups and faith-based groups. The length can be adapted to different circumstances. Call us if you are interested in one for your group.

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One of my favorite people has breast cancer. Again. 

Deena (left) as panelist at our October Event 2018
Dear friend,
One of my favorite people has breast cancer. Again.
Breast Cancer Action Quebec is filled with extraordinary people. But even in this group, Deena Dlusy-Apel stands out. She attended the first open meeting of BCAM as it was called back then and quickly became an integral part of the organization and continues to support our aims to this day. She is one of the most generous and committed people a group like ours could want.
This year, Deena was diagnosed with breast cancer. Again. Not a recurrence, a new case. 
Deena finds it strange that people are not angry that one person in two will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. She finds the extent to which people just acquiesce to this new normal frustrating and discouraging.
For Deena, "We need more research on environmental links to cancer. We need to talk about the everyday exposures that increase our risks. It is kind of depressing that there aren't more studies being done in this area."
Hanging on, Deena Dlusy-Apel
This year, I've been thinking a lot about Deena and felt it was important to share her story and words. I agree that we have not advanced enough in our understanding of the environmental links to breast cancer even though the science has provided much evidence. And the fact that Canada is considered by many as having the weakest chemical regulations of all Western countries testifies to the fact that this is one big uphill battle with resistance in many places.
The current state is not normal. As Deena says, people should be angry. We at Breast Cancer Action Quebec will fight this battle as long as we can. But we can only do this with your continued, generous support.

With much gratitude,

Jennifer Beeman, Executive Director, Breast Cancer Action Quebec

BCAQc relies on membership dues and private donations to stay in operation. Membership entitles you to advance notice of seminars and workshops as well as a subscription to our electronic newsletter— BCAQc Connected.

A strong membership also helps to substantiate our financial applications for government grants and private foundations. Please consider joining us today!

For twenty five years — with your support — BCAQc has been working hard to get vital information about environmental and chemical links to breast cancer to the public, and we now know that our message is being heard.

We ask you to consider a financial gift to Breast Cancer Action Quebec to help us to continue to get this vital information to the public.

There are many ways you can be involved: volunteer, write a letter to the editor, book an educational workshop for your school, community group or work place.

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