Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Of the 25,000 Canadian women diagnosed with breast cancer every year, nearly 1,000 will come from the National Capital Region. Despite significant advances in detection and treatment, too many women continue to die of this disease. Breast cancer is one of the top four most common cancers in Canada and one in eight Canadian women will be diagnosed with it during her lifetime.

How You Can Help

Be informed - When breast cancer is found and treated early, the chances of successful treatment are better. Talk to your doctor about your risk for breast cancer.

Support the Rose Ages Breast Health Centre at The Ottawa Hospital - Last year, The Ottawa Hospital Breast Health Centre delivered more breast cancer surgeries than any other centre of its kind in Canada. A fundraising campaign is in place to continue equipping this new centre to better serve the women who are counting on us for timely, compassionate and comprehensive care. Click here to donate today.

Join us at the Second Cup Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser – On Thursday, October 25, stop by Second Cup at the General and Civic campuses to purchase a sweet treat or make a donation. Proceeds will support the Rose Ages Breast Health Centre at The Ottawa Hospital. Your donation will help make a difference in the lives of thousands of patients who rely on its services each year.

Help fund groundbreaking research at The Ottawa Hospital – The Ottawa Hospital is a leader in breast cancer research, with oncologists, surgeons and scientists working together with patients to develop new and better approaches for treatment, diagnosis and prevention. Click here to donate today.   

Shop, save and support with Tanger Outlets - Purchase an unlimited use Pink Savings Card for $10 and you can save 25% on a single item at participating Tanger Outlet stores until October 31. Visit to purchase your card and to view participating stores. A portion of each Pink Savings Card purchased will benefit the Rose Ages Breast Health Centre at The Ottawa Hospital.

Get inspired

Read some of the incredible and inspiring stories of patients, researchers and doctors at The Ottawa Hospital.

Radioactive SeedsRadioactive seeds increase surgical accuracy for breast cancer patients
When a routine mammogram identified a small tumour, Rita Nattkemper was given an innovative option to mark its location for the surgery. A...


Marina Moraitis

A tale of two trials
Marina Moraitis, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, has a collection of “bling”—medals she’s won from running road races.  Her collection includes...



 Rebecca Hollingsworth and Mary Ellen Hughson

Sisters Rebecca Hollingsworth and Mary Ellen Hughson were diagnosed with the same form of breast cancer in the same week. Rebecca thought something...



Penny Thompson was getting ready for a giant Halloween party on October 26, 2012, when she found a lump in her breast. She didn't expect what would happen next.

Tanya O'Brien

Tanya O’Brien
Tanya O’Brien has a baby photo of her Aunt Elizabeth holding her. She thinks of this photo as two numbers - one and seven.  Her aunt was number one;...

Dr. ClemonsRethinking clinical trials
Dr. Mark Clemons, Dr. Dean Fergusson and their colleagues at The Ottawa Hospital developed an efficient way for cancer patients to participate in clinical trials.

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