The discussion around lung cancer, especially during November, often revolves around smoking. After all, smoking has received the most attention because it continues to be the biggest risk factor in getting lung cancer. While this attention is much needed, it also adds stigma around lung cancer. After all, those who have it have made a personal choice to smoke, and now they are experiencing the
The guidelines on breast cancer screening need to be changed.  Dr. Paula Gordon with Dense Breasts Canada recently chatted with us about breast density and how it complicates getting tested, but she adds there is another part to making sure the cancer is caught early.   “17 percent of breast cancers occur to women aged 40 to 49. Although breast cancer is less common in younger
Candidates are invited to answer the following two questions about cancer care and health care in Quebec. 1. Lung cancer screening If you win this election, will you: A. Create a permanent, fully funded lung cancer screening program that covers all regions of Quebec? B. Add new lung cancer screening sites as quickly as possible? C. Publish the results of the lung cancer screening pilot
When the pandemic was first declared in mid-March, cancer screening services were temporarily suspended in order to direct resources to COVID-19 patients. As CCSN reported in our cross-national survey this summer, 23 percent of cancer patients, 33 percent of caregivers, and 34 percent of pre-diagnosis patients had a routine cancer screening cancelled or rescheduled because of COVID-19. These services are essential for ensuring that patients
If you think that COVID-19 disruption of cancer care is nearly over, think again! CCSN’s recent Leger survey of 1,243 Canadians revealed that the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a crisis in essential cancer care across the country. Cancer patients, their caregivers and those awaiting confirmation of a cancer diagnosis faced and still face postponed and cancelled appointments, tests and treatment, causing
Before COVID-19, seeing a doctor or specialist generally meant seeing them in person. Now, it typically means talking to them on the phone, or perhaps over a video call. Although most cancer patients and caregivers are okay with alternative means of contact, some have found them inadequate, according to a survey recently conducted for the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network by Leger. Some are concerned about