IWP Breast Health



In 2016, VIRCS received funding from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) – which later merged with the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) – to launch an innovative, 2-year Breast Cancer Awareness & Prevention project designed to improve education about breast cancer within the multi-ethnic communities of Greater Victoria. It identified gaps in community resources, and provided awareness education to women and men, maintaining consideration of cultural sensitivity issues. (click poster for larger image)


This project was conducted in two phases:

Phase 1 (July 2016 – June 2017): Over 500 newcomers and immigrants in Victoria, BC, Canada were interviewed or surveyed to determine their awareness and pre-existing knowledge of breast cancer. The results of these surveys and interviews are summarised in the Multicultural Awareness Campaign Survey Report (click image to access report).

Phase 2 (July 2017 – July 2018): The results from Phase 1 were used to (a) design and implement workshops and (b) engage with community stakeholders in resource collaboration and allocation in order to provide newcomers with accessible and culturally competent information and services related to breast health and breast cancer prevention. (click image to access Multicultural Awareness Campaign Final Report).

We thank The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation & The Canadian Cancer Society for their generous support of this project.