The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation will be at Okanagan College Tuesday.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation will be at Okanagan College Tuesday.

Breast cancer focus of tour stop at campus

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has launched year three of the Don’t Forget to Check on Tour.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has launched year three of the Don’t Forget to Check on Tour.

The program, which provides post-secondary students resources to both initiate and continue the conversation about breast health, will be at Vernon’s Okanagan College campus Tuesday.

The campaign encourages young women and men to check their breasts, to know what’s normal for them and to discuss any unusual changes with a health care professional.

In support of the message, Don’t Forget to Check on Tour will share insight about breast cancer and health while encouraging participants to partake in various activities including jump rope, squats, planks and more. Research has shown that 30 minutes of physical activity can improve fitness, lower stress levels, and increase feelings of relaxation and well-being, therefore reducing the risk of breast cancer.

“Students are potentially living away from home for the first time and being influenced by external pressures affecting their diet, exercise and alcohol consumption,” said Amanda McNally, foundation community relations specialist.

“We hope to better inform this group about lifestyle choices, as the decisions they make between the ages of 18 and 25 can impact their breast health in the future.”

For more information about the program and breast health, visit www.dontforgettocheck.ca.