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Not all that long ago in Canada, the triad of early detection of breast cancer was breast self-examination (BSE), clinical breast exam, and mammography. These three were the most widely used tools in the early detection of breast cancer.
However, in the late 1990 and early 2000s, breast self-examination came under attack, and even such organizations as the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation modified their recommendations from promoting BSE to promoting breast awareness “because there is insufficient or inconclusive scientific evidence of an effective BSE technique, or an effective way for health care providers to teach it to women, or that BSE reduces breast cancer mortality.”
Although clinical breast exams (CBE) should be part of a regular check-up, many health care practitioners have either not been taught the correct way to perform CBE or do not have the time to include one in a patient’s annual check-up. In addition, the Ontario Breast Screening Program, which used to offer a clinical breast exam as well as a mammogram for women aged 59-70, no longer performs CBEs.
And increasingly, mammography has been under attack.Read more
OTTAWA, February 12, 2014 – “Women should continue to seek breast cancer screening using mammography, a form of x‐ray of the breast,” emphasizes Dr. Jacques Lévesque, President of the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR), the national association representing radiologists in Canada.
Results from the Canadian National Breast Screening Study (CNBSS) published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) concluded that annual mammography does not reduce breast cancer deaths. The CAR is very concerned that women will feel there is no need to pursue breast cancer screening, when in fact, several other breast cancer screening reports indicate the opposite.
The CAR joins the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging, who also have concerns that the report is “incredibly misleading analysis based on the deeply flawed and widely discredited Canadian National Breast Screening Study (CNBSS). The results of this BMJ study, and others resulting from the CNBSS trial, should not be used to create breast cancer screening policy as this would place a great many women at increased risk of dying unnecessarily from breast cancer.”Read more
LiquidGym in Bells Corners (Ottawa) is offering 20 free sessions to cancer patients, caregivers, survivors and CCSN supporters! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to win!
LiquidGym has three pools with various water depths, nine underground treadmills, 12 underground bikes, endless pool swim current, with pool temperatures varying from 83F/28C to 92F/33C.
Check them out at www.liquidgym.ca!Read more
New data released on financial, decision-making and emotional burden of cancer
LAVAL, Quebec, January 14, 2014 – A 2013 Léger national survey of cancer patients and their caregivers, commissioned by Sanofi Canada, sheds new light on the striking financial, decision-making and emotional burden the disease puts on cancer patients and their caregivers. The survey finds that 18% of patients experience difficulty in finding flexible work options while battling cancer, while 49% of all caregivers also struggle to integrate caring for loved ones into their work schedules.
Surveyed caregivers said that, in addition to being a source of financial stress, cancer caregiving took a toll on their lifestyle and emotional outlook. Many noted that it forced them to choose between work and care; including taking time off from work or preventing them from moving for work.Read more
The CCSN webinar series is of interest to patients, survivors, family, friends, caregivers, and any member of the community interested in the best possible care and follow-up for cancer patients and survivors. The impact of volunteering and taking positive action to effect change are important elements in the transition to post-treatment life.
If you missed some of these webinars, click here to access the archived versions!Read more
CCSN’s Jackie Manthorne is featured in Amgen Canada’s video on the key issues surrounding biosimilars. Watch the video and go to http://www.theglobeandmail.com/amgen to find out more!Read more
Prostate cancer can impact quality of life, affecting patients’ day-to-day life and overall well-being. According to a new national survey of men who have or have had prostate cancer, the condition’s physical manifestations can also lead to psychological and social concerns, both of which are more pronounced for those in the later stages of the disease, when the tumour has metastasized or spread beyond the prostate. The most reported physical concern (64 per cent) for all men surveyed is being unable to maintain an erection; however, for men with advanced (stages 3 and 4) prostate cancer, the psychological concerns (69 per cent) and social concerns (50 per cent) are just as important, and include feelings of loss of masculinity, loss of dignity and loss of identity, and missing out on important life events.Read more
March 6 Join a Cancer Survivor Advocates Team monitoring health issue responses in the Québec elections Volunteers in the past few federal and provincial elections have brought cancer survivor issues and voices to the election debate. Volunteers ask questions of candidates, and… Read more of Volunteers Needed - Join a Cancer Survivor Advocates Team monitoring health issue responses in the Québec elections
March 6 Almost half of Ontarians are unaware that they can screen for colorectal cancer at home TORONTO, March 6, 2014 /CNW/ - March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Cancer Care Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are… Read more of Ontarians receive their "marching" orders: Make colorectal cancer screening a priority this March
March 6 TORONTO, March 6, 2014 /CNW/ - A new $1.25 million study funded by the Canadian Cancer Society could lead to the first personalized treatment for some people with pancreatic cancer, one of the most hard-to-treat forms of the disease. Dr… Read more of BRCA gene mutation - known for breast cancer connection - can also lead to pancreatic cancer
March 6 February 27, 2014 A new report from the Wellesley Institute tracks the impacts of recent federal health care cuts on refugees. Reforms to the Interim Federal Health program were introduced in 2012. This report identified four specific impacts of the… Read more of New report tracks impacts of health care cuts on refugees
February 28 Press Release 7th edition: Rare Disease Day 2014 “Join Together for Better Care” 28 February 2014 is Rare Disease Day. Throughout the world, rare disease patient organisations and their partners will join forces to promote awareness for rare diseases and… Read more of Rare Disease Day - Information & Canadian Events
February 28 The Members of the European Parmiament (MEPs) Against Cancer work together in order to improve cancer prevention and control in Europe in the belief that European cooperation adds value to member state actions. In order to address the challenges faced… Read more of Members of the European Parliament Against Cancer 2014 Election Manifesto
Toronto, Ontario March 26 and 27, 2014 Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 302 The Public Health Ontario Health Promotion Capacity Building team is proud to present this series of four workshops. These introductory-level sessions will focus on program planning,…
Life after ovarian cancer – transitioning after treatment (in English) Wednesday March 26, 2014 at noon EST Presented by Ms. Lynne Jolicoeur, Ottawa Regional Cancer Center To register, please go to www.careringvoice.com
Wednesday, March 26 • 11 a.m. - Noon PT Please note time zone differences below: Noon - 1 p.m. MT • 1 - 2 p.m. CT • 2 - 3 p.m. ET Register for this webinar * We all know…
Take Charge! Managing your Health and Wellbeing March 29, 2014 Details WHEN: Saturday March 29th, 2014 TIME: 9:00am to 4:00 pm WHERE: Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto 475 Yonge Street Courtyard Hall Ballroom Stephen Andrew, Journalist - Master of Ceremonies…
Walk or Fun-Run to transform the future for brain tumour patients and families Lace up, fundraise and help raise $1.7 million! Spring Sprint is a nation-wide movement transforming the future for brain tumour patients and families. This means funding critical…
The 6th National Conference to Defeat Cancer: A chronic disease like any other? Patron of the event: Edith Butler April 3, 2014 – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm April 4, 2014 – 8:30 am to 12:10 pm Hyatt Regency Montreal…
Learn about bone health in cancer: Did you miss CCSN’s webinar on bone health in cancer? Click here to access the archived webinar!
Missed any of CCSN’s webinars? Watch them now! Access all the archived webinars in CCSN’s 2013 Webinar Series!
Join CCSN in its fight against asbestos! The Canadian Meso Blog Unveiled!
New CCSN Video! CCSN Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Video!
What are biosimilars? Watch Jackie Manthorne, CCSN President & CEO, in an online video series on biosimilars
Read about recent prostate cancer survey: New Survey Reveals the effects of prostate cancer go beyond the physical, leading to feelings of loss of masculinity and identify
Not all that long ago in Canada, the triad of early detection of breast cancer was breast self-examination (BSE), clinical breast exam, and mammography. These three were the most widely… Read more of Is mammography in danger?