Cancer has emerged as one of the biggest threats to mankind in recent times – and continues to be among the leading causes of death the world over. While there has been progressing in cancer treatments, and it is possible to combat cancer with treatments like chemotherapy, it is also true that it’s a painful process.
In Canada, the most common form of cancer in breast cancer, with 26% patients out of all cancer types. Around 25,700 women and 230 men are predicted to have been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 alone.
But due to the effort of many organizations, the number of deaths from breast cancer is coming down steadily. In fact, mortality rates have come down by 44% since 1987 when it was at its peak! We can talk about many such institutions but the work of the Atlantic Breast Cancer Net has been exemplary.
Origins of the Atlantic Breast Cancer Net (ABCN)
ABCN was established in 1993 dedicated to improving health and life of women of all ages in Canada and across the world. It facilitates collection, production, distribution, and exchange of information, knowledge, ideas, strategies, resources and inspiration among the members of the organization.
The members of ABCN come from all walks of life. They include activists, researchers, academicians, caregivers, community workers and normal people who have the same aim of improving health and lifestyle of women of all ages all around the globe.
The vision and activities of ABCN
ABCN takes up different activities which fall under the scope of its vision of improvement of life and health of women. It puts strong effort to create awareness about women health in the country of Canada so that they become aware of the nuances of breast cancer and are able to manage their life effectively.
The patients can get access to accurate information and reliable health information in a user-friendly way. They also benefit from the research and resources presented to them for fighting breast cancer. The agency also works to bring equal healthcare to all women by involving them and their expertise.
Clinicians, researchers, policymakers and media can benefit from the knowledge collected and shared by ABCN. They can improve patient outcome and develop effective treatment options to fight breast cancer. ABCN also encourages communities to participate in the research for optimal results.
ABCN keeps a continuous track on the health issues in Canada and worldwide affecting the lives of women. Any emerging trend or issue comes into its knowledge and paves the way for further research and solution creation. The organization also provides a platform to share and debate policy issues and research on women health including breast cancer.
ABCN works with the Canadian Women’s Health Network so that its work reaches the largest number of women. It is a national and voluntary and non-profit organization working for many years and created a name for itself for its work in breast cancer in Canada and beyond.