Canada Cancer

Recovery Odds In Various Stages of Breast Cancer Explained

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 11.20.2014 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

I don't mean to minimize the seriousness of the disease or to downplay the huge upheaval it causes in the lives of individual women and their families. About 24,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Canada each year and it's responsible for about 5,000 deaths annually. But it's clear that significant progress is being made in the fight against breast cancer.

Bruce Cockburn On 'If I Had A Rocket Launcher' Turning 30

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Music

It took a bit longer than anticipated, but Canadian icon Bruce Cockburn says he felt different emotions when finally completing his memoir "Rumours Of...

5 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in Canada, with the incidence of colorectal cancer in Ontario one of the highest globally. Sobering statistics. What can you do to reduce your risk?

B.C. Teen With Rare Cancer Sends Important Reminder In Video

The Huffington Post B.C. | Hillary Nguyen-Don | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A 14-year-old Vancouver Island girl with a rare liver cancer has made a video to encourage others to donate their organs after they die. Tessa Will...

Should Breast Cancer Survivors Eat Soy?

Harriet Sugar-Miller | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Living
Harriet Sugar-Miller

Over the past few years, several studies have been published examining thousands of women with breast cancer to see if there is an association. Their conclusion? Soy does not fuel estrogen-sensitive cancers. In those studies, soy showed no adverse effects, did not interfere with drugs given to inhibit estrogen and in fact was associated with better outcomes.

Advice on Minimizing Health Risks From a Breast Cancer Survivor

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Fighting cancer can teach you things about yourself. Theresa gained a new appreciation and understanding of her body and her health. Being diagnosed with breast cancer put things into perspective. She learned not to sweat the small things and how important it is to live life to its fullest.

Proof That the Angelina Jolie Effect Is a Real Thing

Alan Cassels | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Alan Cassels

Certainly women are driven to ask about genetic testing given a strong fear of breast cancer and a strong belief that early testing saves lives, but USPSTF feared many of the new customers lining up for the test would be classified as the "worried well" who would be unlikely to carry the rare genetic mutation and hence would receive no benefit from being screened.

10 Everyday Ways to Lower Your Risk of Cancer

Prithwish De, PhD | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Living
Prithwish De, PhD

There are many factors we can't control that affect our cancer risk, like growing older, our genetic profile and having a family history of the disease. But the good news is that there is a lot we can control. It's as simple as making healthy choices every day and having policies in place that protect our health. Here are the top 10 ways to lower your risk of cancer.

Halal Meat May Be Processed Differently, But Is it Safer?

Steven Burton | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada Living
Steven Burton

Food processed in concordance with Muslim dietary laws is called Halal. Today, halal meat is largely produced in commercial slaughterhouses staffed by specially trained Muslim workers who conduct the actual slaughter and supervise the subsequent processing. But the focus of halal is on ensuring spiritual purity rather than science-based cleanliness, so buying halal food does not guarantee your food will be safe.

How it Feels to Not Have Lymph Node Cancer

Jenni Sheppard | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada Living
Jenni Sheppard

A few weeks ago, my hematologist found a lump in my neck. She suggested cancer, scheduled an ultrasound and referred me to a specialist, to decide if I needed a biopsy. The reality didn't hit me at first. I think I was in shock. This scared the hell out of me.

How I Got Through My 16-Year Journey With Prostate Cancer

Ron Grant | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Living
Ron Grant

One of my biggest takeaways from my 16-year journey with this disease is the power of a positive outlook. Facing a diagnosis with advanced prostate cancer can be extremely upsetting and I've been able to stay optimistic by having a strong support system by my side.

A Low-Carb Diet Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer

University of Toronto News | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that gut bacteria drive a common form of colon cancer, and that a low-carbohydrate diet can prevent the disease. The researchers found that microbes in the intestine convert carbohydrates into metabolites that spur cancer growth. A low-carbohydrate diet shut down this process and led to a 75 per cent reduction in cancer incidence.

Let's Keep It Real When Making Comparisons To Canadian Health Care

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Dr Ryan Meili

Instead of falling for false comparators, how can we have a broader, proactive conversation on the future of Canadian health care? Boston's book highlights how isolated and frustrating the experience of a patient seeking treatment for a life-altering disease can be. She describes much of her frustration as stemming from rushed appointments that left little time for asking questions. What improvements in system efficiency or changes to compensation models would enable physicians to spend more time providing quality, patient-focused care?

Quebec Woman Looking For Stem Cell Donor To Beat Cancer: How To Help

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Impact

UPDATE: Mai Duong announced Sept. 16, 2014 that she has found a compatible cord blood donor. She will still need to undergo extensive treatment, but s...

Obesity Is Not the New Tobacco

Kapil Khatter | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Living
Kapil Khatter

Those approaches, for unhealthy eating in particular, can be a real challenge, because they bang hard against the reactor core of our economic system -- consumption. Consumption and lots of it. Like tobacco, the fight for healthy eating will challenge the heart of what companies do: sell as much as they can.

Eating Red Meat Could Up Your Chances Of Getting Breast Cancer

CP | Maria Cheng, The Associated Press | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living

LONDON - Women who often indulge their cravings for hamburgers, steaks and other red meat may have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer, a new stud...

The Top 10 Myths About Tanning

Prithwish De, PhD | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Living
Prithwish De, PhD

Canadians are spending more time in the sun without adequate protection. What's even more concerning is that an alarming number of young women are going to tanning salons. It's not worth risking your life for a tan. Here are 10 of the most common myths about tanning.

Good News For B.C. Girl With Leukemia

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A four-year-old Victoria, B.C. girl fighting cancer has finally received some good news. It's been a long road for Hannah Day, who was diagnosed wi...

When it Comes to Brain Tumours, There Is Strength in Numbers

Marianne Lee | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Marianne Lee

When it comes to fighting brain tumours, having a strong and supportive team is the greatest weapon. I've been a social worker on the neurosurgery floor of a hospital for over 26 years. As one of the first people to have contact with a newly diagnosed brain tumour patient, I can attest that a strong network, a resilient team, is one of the greatest assets a patient, and their families, can equip themselves with as they begin this new chapter of their lives.

10 Facts About Cancer That May Surprise You

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada Living

All those daffodils you've been seeing lately aren't just a sign that spring is here: they also symbolize the Canadian Cancer Society's efforts on rai...

How Social Media Helped Keep This Terminal Cancer Patient Alive

Lauren Messervey | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

In September of 2013, Jocelyn Leda Simard was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and bone metastases. Her family was told that she would likely not survive to see Christmas. Shattered, but strong, her family members refused to give in to despair. It was then that her son, Justin, came up with an inspiring idea.

A Tribute to Jim Flaherty and All Who Have Come Before and Will Come After Him

Andrea Paine | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

As I was writing a decision this afternoon, I thought of the funeral that was about to happen for a person I was fortunate enough to see on a regular ...

Why Mental Illness Is As Serious As This Life-Threatening Disease

Lauren Messervey | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

If a person is suffering from something that you don't understand, it doesn't mean that their suffering is invalid. A person can't judge the anxieties of another person based on the scope of their own experience. Each human being is an individual, so take the time to inform yourself.

Bridging the Gaps in Cancer Care For First Peoples

Lee Fairclough | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Fairclough

So often we hear only about the lack of collaboration that exists across our country, but this is not the case here. These partners have committed to not only working together to address key cancer care issues with and for First Peoples, but also to track and measure the impact of the work together.

Fight Obesity With Education

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

With growing wealth in many developing countries around the world, diet and lifestyle changes are showing dramatic increases in obesity and related diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But more than rising standards of living, lack of education seems to contribute to these dismal trends.