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
In May 2017, a law was passed in the Canadian Parliament to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination: the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (GNA). The Quebec government challenged the act, calling it unconstitutional because it infringed on the regulation of the insurance industry, which is regulated by provincial governments. Although the Quebec Court of Appeals ruled in favour of the Quebec government, that ruling was challenged by
July marks National UV Safety Awareness Month, a time dedicated to spreading the word on how people can enjoy themselves safely under the sun. Continue reading to learn more about what ultraviolet rays are, how they can affect us, and how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones. The sun releases two kinds of ultraviolet radiation that affect our skin; ultraviolet A (UVA) and
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