Breast Cancer Awareness: Video Resources

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer has been identified as one of the most common types of cancer in Canada. Your awareness of prevention methods, risk factors and screening techniques can influence the survival of you and/or your loved ones. Here are a few quick facts to consider:

“It is estimated that about 1 in 8 Canadian women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime and 1 in 31 will die from it.” (Source: Canadian Cancer Society)

“Breast cancer prevention starts with healthy habits — such as limiting alcohol and staying physically active.” (Source: Mayo Clinic)

“Being breast healthy means being breast aware; knowing about breast cancer risk factors; understanding your personal risk of breast cancer; proactive ways to help reduce your breast cancer risk; and being informed about screening for the earlier detection of breast cancer.” (Source: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation)

Videos for Breast Cancer Awareness

In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have the following videos on display outside Media Services at NDC Library. They are available to all staff and students at the College (online resources will require your RRC log in information).

At My Mother’s Breast
Heather is 27 years old, and the daughter of a woman with breast cancer, who is the daughter of a woman with breast cancer, who is the daughter of a woman with breast cancer. She grew up waiting for her mom to get sick and wondering when she would follow. In this video, Heather illustrates how this illness changes mothers and daughters and how they come out forever changed. Also available in streaming format.

Autopsy Life & Death: Tumors
Anatomist Gunther von Hagens and pathologist John Lee expose cancer for what it is–an attacker that can quickly and stealthily infiltrate the human body. Also available in streaming format.

Big C: Pathophysiology of Cancer
Provides an update and overview on the pathophysiology of cancer. Specific cancers to be discussed include breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, hematologic malignancies, brain tumors and GI cancers. Also available in streaming format.

Cancer Story: Prevention and Screening
Highlights prevention models that have led to reductions in the incidence of cancer by behaviorial changes, such as smoking cessation and/or weight loss, and medical procedures.

Cancer Story: What is Cancer?
Presents a basic explanation of how normal cells behave and cancer cells begin. This is illustrated by following a hypothetical cancer patient through diagnosis and treatment.

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies
Presents a history of cancer, from ancient times to the present day. Includes stories of contemporary patients and examines the latest scientific research which might indicate that we are on the brink of a lasting cure.

Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Examines side effects of cancer treatments and  suggests ways to combat these effects and feel better despite the likelihood of pain, nausea and other debilitations. Also available in streaming format.

Estrogen: Friend or Foe
Estrogen, the “female” hormone, has over 300 functions in practically all body tissues. In this presentation, Barb discusses the myriad of functions and correlates them with clinical examples. She also discusses the role of estrogen in breast cancer and other diseases that commonly afflict women. Also available in streaming format.

Pink Ribbons (online resource)
A feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a “dream cause,” has been hijacked by a shiny, pink story of success.

Run Your Own Race
Dr. Marla Shapiro, host of CTV’s daytime series Balance: Television for Living Well and medical consultant for CTV News, tells her private story, from diagnosis to recovery. This one-hour special aired on CTV to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October of 2005.

Thunder Blanket (online resource)
A 5-part series that explores a young Aboriginal woman’s battle against breast cancer and the complexity of being a traditionalist searching for a cure in a modern world.

Uncovering the Social Determinants of Health
Health disparities between various populations are a critical social justice issue. To illustrate mechanisms of disparity, Dr. Buki uses breast cancer in Latina women as a model to demonstrate the psychosocial, cultural, and institutional factors that combine to produce lower survivorship rates.

Wit
An English professor, who alienates her students, has always had control over her life. That is until she is diagnosed with a devastating illness. She agrees to undergo a series of procedures that are brutal, extensive and experimental. She finds that the fine line between life and death can only be walked with wit.

Questions or recommendations?

If you have questions, or you are an instructor and would like to recommend a purchase, please contact  AV Services at NDC:

  • Phone: 204-632-2231
  • Email: media@rrc.ca