Canada Cancer

Running Can Inspire People To Acts Of Virtue

Lisa Abram | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

Now in my 50s, I look back over the last five years or so with quiet resolve. Four girlfriends have been diagnosed with breast cancer, all with different journeys. When the sobering statistics warn that one in nine women will get this dreaded disease, I know that cancer lurks in the shadows.

Teaching The Difference Between The Pap And STI Testing

Lyba Spring | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

The importance of the distinction becomes clear when we look at the statistics. According to the lead researcher of a recently published article on this issue, over the past 10 years, chlamydia and gonorrhea rates in Canadians rose by 72 and 53 per cent, respectively, especially for chlamydia.

I'm Living With The Most Deadly Women's Cancer

Esther Hockenstein | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Living
Esther Hockenstein

My story begins with everyone's worst nightmare. Following a wonderful career as a social worker, I was ready to move into a new and exciting phase of my life: retire from my job, travel the world with my husband, enjoy new experiences, and relish time spent with children and grandchildren. Unfortunately, "life is what happens when you are busy making other plans."

What The Headlines Didn't Tell You About That Bacon And Cancer Study

Dr. Raywat Deonandan | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Raywat Deonandan

They put processed meat into Group 1 -- "exposures known to be carcinogenic to humans." But categorization caused misunderstandings. The report simply put processed meat in the same category (Group 1) as cigarette smoking, but did not claim it was as dangerous as smoking.

This Woman Is Helping People Find Beauty After Trauma

Alison Tedford | Posted 11.01.2015 | Canada Style
Alison Tedford

LeiLani Kopp is a paramedical makeup artist and cosmetics manufacturer who, through countless hours of volunteer work with cancer patients and burn victims, shows that beauty is definitely more than skin deep. Her business, Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics, subsidizes the volunteer work that makes a difference in the lives of those who have been through incredibly difficult experiences.

5 Ways To Reduce Meat's Cancer Risk Besides Moderation

Theresa Albert | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Living
Theresa Albert

I really detest the saying "everything in moderation" because my moderation is different from yours, and neither of us knows what the outcomes will be of our choices. We don't eat nutrients, we eat foods and for many different reasons.

Don't Panic About Cancer-Causing Meat Just Yet

Talia Zenlea, MD | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Living
Talia Zenlea, MD

When you read that processed meat has "Grade 1" status, just like cigarette smoking, arsenic, or asbestos, it just means that the WHO is confident in the relationship between processed meat and cancer - NOT that processed meat is as likely to cause cancer as cigarette smoking is.

Get The Cured Pork Off Your Fork

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

If you follow my 80 twenty rule and eat healthy foods such as vegetables, beans and lentils, fruit, nuts and seeds, fish and lean poultry 80% of the time, you can have some of the less healthy options 20% of the time. Whether it's sugar or bacon, no diet is 100% perfect.

Setting the Tatas Free Won't Erase Breast Cancer

Lyba Spring | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

Early in this year's breast cancer madness, a friend posted a photo with a caption on my Facebook page. It depicted a slim woman, nude except for panties, arms raised, flying her (matching) black bra overhead. The caption: "Support breast cancer. Set the tatas free. Oct. 13 no bra day." I don't love it and here is why.

This is What I Tell Patients Asking if They're Genetically Prone to Cancer

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

As a genetics counsellor, one of the most frequently asked questions I hear is, "Can I have a genetic test to see if I am predisposed to cancer?" The short answer: maybe.

Vancouver Art Show Celebrates Creative Minds of Brain Cancer Patients

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Adrian Brijbassi

Every day, 27 Canadians are diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. On April 7 of this year, 26 of them were strangers to me. The one who wasn't, the one whose text message -- "please come home ...I have the bad brain cancer" -- is seared into my memory like the deepest of scars, the one whose eyes I've sought for strength, resolve, security and acceptance for two decades, is my wife.

Does Breast Cancer Have a Connection to Cows?

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Cancer is the number one killer in this country. In women, breast cancer is the second leading cause of this potentially deadly disease. Researchers across the country and around the world are working tirelessly not only to find a cure but also to find the cause. When it comes to how exactly breast cancer is triggered, the answer is elusive.

I Never Thought I'd Lose My Husband to Cancer This Soon

Carrie Campbell | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Living
Carrie Campbell

Six weeks ago, when I thought about the Shoppers Drug Mart OneWalk to Conquer Cancer, it had not even occurred to me that my husband wouldn't be waiting for us at the finish line. He was fighting so hard to conquer his very aggressive lymphoma and by all accounts it seemed he was at least in partial remission.

Wi-Fi Is Not A Danger To You Or Your Kids

Blair King | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Blair King

What is important is to look at the number and types of positive studies when compared to negative ones.

I'm Grieving One Birthday, Anniversary and Holiday at a Time

Robin Summerfield | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Living
Robin Summerfield

Three months ago, my love died. Today is our seventh wedding anniversary. I am miserable. Distraction and over compensation has been a great (if not especially healthy) strategy for me. If I can't face the pain of loss at the moment, why not flip the script.

5 Slow Carb Swaps for Energy, Weight Loss and Health

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

With slow carbs, your blood sugar will go up slowly, won't go up as high, and will peter off gradually, looking more like a gentle wave than a tsunami. This means you avoid the Spike-Crash-Crave cycle. Research suggests that the most effective long-term weight loss diet features moderate amounts of protein along with slow carbs.

This Canadian Doctor Could Change Lives Of Women Fighting Cancer

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada

Dr. Ophira Ginsburg says in low- and middle-income countries, breast cancer is a rapidly growing problem.

The Legacy of the Pan Am Athletes' Village Is a Healthy, Active Community

Shelly Jamieson | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada Living
Shelly Jamieson

The West Don Lands site, which includes the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village, has sidewalks double or triple the usual size, designed to promote more walking and cycling. At its heart is the Corktown Common, a leafy green park with walking trails and splash pad, around which the neighbourhood radiates.

Why Do Cancer Drugs Cost More Than Gold?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

A decade ago, the average bill for a cancer patient's drugs amounted to $2,000 or $3,000 a month, says Dr. Maureen Trudeau, head of medical oncology and hematology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. "Now some of the medications cost $6,000, $8,000 or $10,000 a month," she says. Despite their big price tags, a lot of newer drugs don't actually cure cancer. They simply help the patient to live longer -- sometimes by just a few months -- or will ease the discomfort caused by the disease.

Canada Takes Long to Approve New Drugs - and That's Good

Alan Cassels | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Alan Cassels

Provinces are clearly voting with their budgets, going slow and low on approvals and coverage of new therapies. Canada is not wrong to be prudent in taking our time to decide how, or if, a new drug needs to be covered -- a precautionary approach is just the smart way to go.

Please Don't Tell Me You Can Cure My Mental Illness

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Writing about mental illness invites information -- sometimes informed, sometimes not so informed -- from people who will claim that they too once suffered from depression, anxiety, OCD, ADD, bipolar types I or II, schizophrenia; and will claim to have the cure to one or all of these.

I Don't Feel Like a Widow, But I Am One

Robin Summerfield | Posted 07.12.2015 | Canada Living
Robin Summerfield

The truth is I don't feel 44 and I don't feel like a widow. I feel married and 80-years-old. In the past four years, I have aged tremendously, both physically, emotionally and mentally. And in my mind, I am still married. Mike has just been gone a little more than a month.

One Girl's True Wish to Go Camping

Chris Pon | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Chris Pon

For the most part, Hailey is just like any other seven-year-old. However, this past December, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition called Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Hailey's wish is to have a pop-up camper so that she can go camping with her family and friends and play in the woods, stare up at the stars, stay up past her bedtime.

Canada's Largest Health Research Platform Has Arrived

Shelly Jamieson | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Living
Shelly Jamieson

Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) is a landmark pan-Canadian population health research platform that can be used to explore how genetics, environment, lifestyle and behaviour interact and contribute to the development of cancer and other chronic diseases. Researchers in Canada and around the globe now have access to health and lifestyle surveys and in the future will have the ability to link it to health outcome data and even biological samples like blood and toenail clippings.

Quebec-Style Pharmacare Program Won't Work for the Rest of Canada

Marc-Andre Gagnon | Posted 07.01.2015 | Canada Business
Marc-Andre Gagnon

Eight provincial health ministers organized a roundtable with healthcare professionals and academic experts on June 8 to discuss how we should transform drug coverage in Canada and several are now calling for a national pharmacare program. The question now is, what kind?