Breast cancer affects women around the world, regardless of age or race. In Canada, women from all provinces and territories are at risk of developing breast cancer. It occurs in both urban and rural women and does not contain itself to those who reside near a doctor, hospital or cancer treatment centre. While all women face numerous obstacles when diagnosed with breast cancer, women in rural, remote and Northern areas must take on many other stressful and costly issues that urban women do not.
Many research studies show that women living in rural, remote and Northern regions of our country tend to make different decisions about their treatment than urban women do. There are multiple reasons for this, including travel costs, access to treatment, issues related to being away from home, and loss of income. Breast Cancer Survivor to Financial Survivor: Rural and Remote provides information on resources available to overcome the unique barriers faced by women living in rural, remote and Northern regions in Canada during their experience of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.