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Eight frequently asked questions about Dress for the Cause

  • Is breast cancer just a concern for women?
No. About one per cent of men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada (BCSC). Of that one per cent, one in four are expected to die from the disease.

  • How common is breast cancer?
Research shows one in nine women is expected to develop breast cancer. An estimated 25,000 Canadian women will be diagnosed this year.

  • Where does my province stand on support for firefighter cancer?
According to the International Association of Fire Fighters, nine Canadian provinces and territories have presumptive law coverage for various kinds of cancer: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Yukon.

Money raised funds life-saving breast cancer research all across Canada. Funds support breast cancer research located at treatment centers, close to the patient. Locations include London Regional Cancer Centre, Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital, Canadian Institute of Health Research in Ottawa, QEII Hospital in Halifax, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, and Cancercare Manitoba.

  • How can my department help?
By signing up for Dress for the Cause, you will receive a participant package with posters, bra stickers and ribbons. On Oct. 23, organize a pink-themed party or fundraiser in the community to encourage donations, which can be collected on paper or on the BCSC website.

  • Is there a registration fee?
No. Registration is always free. Your registration is your commitment to fundraise. Every dollar counts whether you raise $100 or $1000.

  • Can I decorate my fire hall?
Absolutely. BCSC will provide you with as many posters and paper pink ribbons you require. Try to decorate an entire wall in the fire hall with paper pink ribbons by charging a $2 donation for each person to sign their name on a paper pink ribbon and tape it to the wall.

  • Do we have to celebrate Dress for the Cause on October 23rd?
Nope, you can have your Dress for the Cause fundraiser any day in October that works best for you. All of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

October 1, 2015
By Maria Church and Katarina Ovens