Blog Archive 2015

Witten by Jennifer Parisi on Thursday, December 17, 2015

Enjoying the winter holidays with friends and family often begins with the question, “What can I get you to drink?” Watching your alcohol consumption is not always a priority on special occasions, and the link between alcohol and cancer may be only a distant concern. But with a little planning,...

Witten by Carola Muñoz on Monday, November 2, 2015

This month, Dr. Carolyn Gotay will be presenting results from the Improving Cancer Related Outcomes in Shiftworkers (ICOS) study at the Canadian Cancer Research Conference in Montreal, QC. As the ICOS project manager, I have been responsible for administering the study, ensuring participant...

Witten by Tracey Mager on Thursday, October 1, 2015

As a Lifestyle Counsellor for the Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment Clinic, I have spoken to a lot of women about breast cancer. This fall, I reached out to the Filipino community to find out if there was interest in learning more about how to improve their breast health. According to...

Witten by Geoffrey Scales on Friday, August 28, 2015

Five tips to stay healthy this fall Fall brings the end of summer and the excitement of a new school year, with lots of opportunities for positive change. About half of all cancers can be prevented by adopting healthy behaviours, so we wanted to find out how people at the University of British...

Witten by Rachel Murphy on Thursday, July 30, 2015

Obesity is never far from headlines. Just last month the most recent report from the Canadian Community Health Survey was released. The report highlighted that the number of obese adults has continued to increase across Canada, even in British Columbia, which has the lowest prevalence of obesity...

Witten by Samantha Hartley-Folz on Thursday, July 2, 2015

Men aren’t all the same, but there are some worrying trends in men’s health. Canadian men are generally less healthy overall than women, and men in northern BC are less healthy than their counterparts in the Lower Mainland. We know that men aren’t seeking out information on their health, so we...

Witten by Joe Rachert on Monday, June 15, 2015

With Canadian Men’s Health Week taking place June 15-21, 2015, the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation (CMHF) has launched a nation-wide awareness campaign www.CanadianMensHealthweek.ca to help ignite a men’s health social movement. Canadian Men’s Health Week encourages men to use “one finger to...

Witten by Chris Richardson on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Where do young people get information about health? According to a 2012 Statistics Canada survey, 89% of young Canadians ages 16-24 use the internet at least once a day, and 62% are going online to search for medical or health-related information. A 2015 study by the Pew Research Centre shows 92%...

Witten by Carolyn Gotay on Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Liver cancer rates are rising in Canada, but most Canadians are unaware of the risk factors and options for screening and prevention that exist. Although liver cancer is not common in Canada, 2,100 new cases were estimated in 2014. Due to late diagnosis and lack of curative therapies, individuals...

Witten by Seema Mutti on Monday, February 2, 2015

There are many myths surrounding breast cancer. Among these are beliefs that men do not get breast cancer, that only older women get breast cancer, and that it is primarily caused by our genes. In fact, there are approximately 200 new cases diagnosed each year in Canadian men, 18% of cases occur...

Witten by Cheri Van Patten on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

You often hear “eat a healthy diet” to prevent cancer. But what does it mean to eat a healthy diet?    Diet is one way to help lower the risk of developing cancer, which can be combined with other healthy behaviours for an even greater reduction in cancer risk. Ultimately these are modifiable...