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Detecting cancer gene mutations from home: What you need to know

By Allison MacAlister CCSN Communications & Social Media Coordinator On March 6th 2018, the DNA test company 23andMe announced that it now has approval to tell customers of their mail-in DNA-testing kit about three gene mutations of BRCA1 and BRCA2 as part of their genetic health results. What does that mean, and is it worth

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What is Cancer Rehabilitation? Part One

By Jaymee Maaghop CCSN Public Policy Assistant In a report released in 2017, it was found that one in every two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. This report was released by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada. With advancements in

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Just Breathe: Learning to Live with Bone Mets

by Eileen Dahl A snowy day, mid-December, 2015, I was sitting in my car. The receptionist at my family doctor’s office had called to let me know that the results of yesterday’s bone scan were in and I needed to come in to discuss them. I asked if I should bring someone with me for

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Support the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network this Holiday Season by Posting Your #WreathSelfie!

  Donate today at CanadaHelps! On #GivingTuesday, you showed us that you wanted to help make a difference in the lives of patients, survivors and their families through providing educational webinars on our website & working diligently to give survivors a voice at the board table through our Seat the the Table program. This holiday

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month: A Time to Change Our Thinking

According to Lung Cancer Canada, lung cancer accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths, and yet it receives only 7% of research funding. In fact, lung cancer kills more Canadians than breast cancer, cervical cancer, uterine cancer and ovarian cancer, combined. It’s by far the most deadly cancer, yet it fails to attract the attention

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Breast cancer survivors bear brunt of Canadian Cancer Society-Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation merger

Female survivors of breast cancer in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, recently found out their beloved weekend retreat has been cancelled after 20 years of existence. For years, the Women Alike Retreat had been held at the Tim Hortons Children’s Camp facility in the northern Nova Scotia village. With spots open for 80 women, the weekend retreat

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