Sophie’s Run at Lakeridge

Kirsten Burgomaster, Clinical Director of the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre (DRCC) and Lesley Bovie from Communications at Lakeridge Health, welcomed Nicole Chuchmach and and Natalie Atkinson in the main lobby of the hospital on April 20th, 2016.

Great things happen every day at the cancer centre. April 20th was certainly no exception as they welcomed Sophie’s Run for a quick rest stop. Nicole and her running mate Natalie are running from Humber College to Ottawa this spring to raise awareness and funds for the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. Nicole lost her mother Sophie to the disease in 2006. Here she is ringing the gong in our radiation treatment area in her memory, and meeting the amazing Henry Westerhof who is undergoing treatment now at our centre. We thank Nicole and Natalie for visiting the cancer centre and we wish them well on the rest of their adventure.

About Sophie’s Run

Sophie’s Run II is an event to promote and educate students about colorectal cancer. It was launched by Nicole Chuchman, a professor of Hospitality and Tourism at Humber, who started running to cope with the grief if her mother’s death from colorectal cancer.

This is not the first time Nicole has run for the cause. Her original run was back in 2008. This year, she took off from Humber North campus to Ottawa on April 14, 2016.

“It’s raising more awareness which is what this disease needs because my mom passed away because she ignored her symptoms,” said Chuchman. “So the more education we can get out of it, the better.”

Exercise – What’s “IN” for 2016 and What’s Best For Me?

Exercise – What’s “IN” for 2016 and What’s Best For Me?

Colorectal cancer has been one of the most extensively studied cancers in relation to physical activity, with more than 50 studies examining this association. Many studies in the United States and around the world have consistently found that adults who increase their physical activity, either in intensity, duration, or frequency, can reduce their risk of developing colon cancer by 30 to 40 percent relative to those who are sedentary regardless of body mass index (BMI), with the greatest risk reduction seen among those who are most active (3–7).
Reference: http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/obesity/physical-activity-fact-sheet

11700609_920441568027831_5890909817828579234_o When it comes to exercise options, the sky is the limit and there’s something out there for everyone. A little research, a trial and error period and you’ll find your exercise niche in no time.

The world of fitness is not different than anything else, fads will come and go but here are some of the trends expect to continue and surface in 2016:

1. Obstacle Courses
Race formats like the Spartan Race will continue to be popular – the draw is the challenge in finishing the race. Best suited for those with competitive genes.

2. Trampolines
Mini trampolines or rebounders (fitness world terms) bring the functional fitness craze to new heights. Training on an unstable surface not only works to increase muscle strength and stability but helps improve balance and is definitely a cardio workout.

3. Shorter Workouts – High-intensity interval training (HIIT)
HIIT is a training technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. This type of training has been shown to have the same benefits as longer workouts as it gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time.

4. Barre Classes
Most barre-based classes use a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.

5. Functional Fitness
Functional fitness exercises simulate activities you might perform in day-to-day life, with an emphasis on core stability. These exercises are fun and can be done at home or at the gym, alone or in groups. Exercise tools, such as fitness balls, kettle bells and weights, are often used in functional fitness workouts.

Trends aside, the most widely available fitness option is walking. It’s low-impact, gentle on joints, and can be done anywhere by anyone. Always work at your own pace. If you want more cardio just speed up your rhythm and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. You should be able to talk in between breaths while walking. As you progress, you may want to add some light ankle or wrist weights. Comfortable shoes and a bottle of water are a must. If you are a night walker, invest in some reflective gear as well.

Whether you’re a novice or a fitness buff, always remember to start slowly when taking up a new exercise. Jumping in too quickly is a recipe for injury and could set you up for failure and always remember to stretch before and after any workout. Check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, or you have any concerns.

Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. For some people, daily fitness is a serious sacrifice that requires careful time management and dedication. But when you make your health a priority, the benefits are truly worth the time and effort you spend on it.

Joanne Hulley – Stage IV Colorectal Cancer Patient Testimonial

Joanne Hulley – Stage IV Colorectal Cancer Patient Testimonial

P6300319 Hello, I am a colorectal cancer patient with metastatic disease. I was diagnosed just over 4 years ago and had emergency surgery of the large bowel. Since that first surgery, I have had 5 more, plus countless chemotherapy sessions. I came across the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada’s CCRAN support group meetings that are held in Oakville, 100 km away from my home, 3 years ago. Since then I have attended on a regular basis.

I do believe that I have an important role to play in my treatment. I make sure I have a healthy life style and I rely on CCRAN to provide another dimension to my healing journey.

At our monthly meetings, the chair shares recent developments in advances in treatment from around the world. It is important to know that these are published scientific notes and include developments in drug therapy as well as other interventions. Guest speakers, usually researchers from teaching hospitals, are invited to share developments in their area of expertise and newer options for treatment. I am so pleased to see that some of our members have benefitted from these innovative procedures. It gives me great hope and I anticipate being able to consult with specialists with a unique outlook.

In addition to research presentations, the group shares coping strategies and updates on their treatments. We encourage each other with our shared experiences.

Besides the benefits of group support, I believe the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada has two important roles to play:

First in making more people aware of the need to early screening for colorectal cancer. Early intervention leads to better outcomes and usually a cure.

Secondly, I believe it helps us nudge the medical community into looking outside the box. Without patients pushing some boundaries, in a gentle and tactful way, I don’t believe we would see the same level of progress in development of new treatment options.

Keep up the valuable work!

Joanne Hulley

CCAC Upcoming Event – 2nd Annual Bum Run

CCAC Upcoming Event – 2nd Annual Bum Run

logo On Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) will be once again taking part in its second annual BUM RUN, a 5 km walk/run event to raise awareness of colorectal cancer – which is the second leading cause of cancer death in Canada. BUM RUN was founded by Dr. Ian Bookman, a gastroenterologist in Toronto who shares the CCAC’s passion of raising awareness of colorectal cancer screening. This event is intended for all ages and fitness levels, so it’s a great opportunity to plan a family day or a group of friends, while raising much needed funds for the CCAC.

This is the second year that the CCAC will be participating in the event and benefiting from the proceeds raised at the event. Hence, we truly need everyone’s help to make this a significant fundraising initiative for us in the Toronto area. The funds raised will hopefully go towards our patient support programs in Canada and will go a long way in helping to support patients and caregivers. Our support programs are critically important to patients and caregivers and I must say, to me as well, and it is my fervent desire to continue to provide these programs to those afflicted with this insidious disease. But we need everyone’s support to be able to do so by participating in events such as BUM RUN.

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This run is for Marie Taurasi:
She’s behind the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada!

“This is not an “old person’s disease.” If you are having any types of symptoms – go and have yourself checked. This is what saved me – a colonoscopy.” said Marie Taurasi

Marie was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer on January 19, 2015. She had a temporary ileostomy put in on February 6, 2015, and is now undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Marie is grateful for the help and support of the Colorectal Association of Canada for educating and guiding her through this journey.

How to participate in BUM RUN – Two ways:

1. Participate in BUM RUN by actually walking or running on April 24th. Please register for the event by following some simple instructions that appear below. Event facilitators have made the registration process so easy this year. After registering, you can then contact everyone you know to urge them to pledge a donation on your personal fundraising page. When you contact people to pledge in your name, the easiest way is to provide them with the link to your personal homepage. It is important that they select the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada when they are asked to select the charity to donate to. By way of example, below is the link to my personal homepage to give you an idea of how you might want to set up your own homepage:

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=3229824&langPref=en-CA

2. OR, if you are not able to walk or run in the actual event because you live in Montreal, perhaps you can support me by pledging to my fundraising page. Any amount is truly appreciated! Just click on the link above and it will take you directly to my fundraising page where a donation can be made. This is another way in which you can be a part of BUM RUN!
This will be a highly visible event, starting at Queen’s Park Circle. The event is organized with the cooperation of the City of Toronto, local City Councilors and the Sergeant of Arms of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. I will be there and it is my sincere hope that everyone I know will be there too supporting this huge cause on the 24th of April. Should you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me for I am happy to help. This is truly a wonderful event that promises to garner much attention and more importantly will promote awareness and education of a disease that robs too many families of their loved ones. The funds raised will allow us to continue to do the good work we do on a daily basis. So let’s get registered shall we, secure those pledges and show up on the 24th of April to do our part for those who can’t!

How to Register as a Participant for BUM RUN 2016

1. Go to: http://bumrun.com/ and press the blue REGISTER tab in the top right hand corner
2. Register by clicking on “SIGN UP” in the left hand column
3. On the next page, press the blue “CREATE NEW ACCOUNT” button or you can also register using your Facebook account with the “Log in with Facebook” button on the right.
4. You then select the event/city you are registering for (there is only one choice “Toronto, ON”). You then select “Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada” from the list of charities.
5. Read the waiver then check off “I accept the waiver”
6. The next page asks whether you want to register as an individual, join a team or create a team. Most of you will probably register as an individual, however, forming a team can be an opportunity to participate with friends and family.
7. You then continue to provide your contact information and credit card information.
8. You will then be prompted to create your fundraising page. We urge you to personalize your page as much as possible.

***When you contact people to pledge in your name, the easiest way is to provide them with the link to your personal homepage. You can also send e-mails directly from your fundraising page and they will automatically be given the link to donate.

Canadians still not connecting lifestyle and cancer prevention, study suggests

Canadians still not connecting lifestyle and cancer prevention, study suggests

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While Canadians’ are becoming more and more health conscious, many are still not making the connection between healthy eating and the potential prevention of certain cancers, a recent IPSOS conducted for the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) and Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) study has found. Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month made be behind us but we still need to create opportunities to discuss prevention tactics for the second deadliest type of cancer.

DID YOU KNOW:
Colorectal cancer is the number one cancer that can be prevented through maintaining a healthy diet. There are a multitude of ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle and ensure an adequate nutritional intake, including using the Get Enough Helper App. This story would include a recipe.

According to Ipsos survey results, lifestyle habits are perceived to make up 38% of the general factor share that lead to risk in developing colorectal cancer. Of that 38%, only 27% is attributed to diet. This low perception of the impact that diet has on developing colorectal cancer is something that should be highlighted, with offering the solution of increasing milk product consumption.

The collaboration between the CCAC and the DFC hopes to build awareness and increase the health of all Canadians by making sure they are “Getting Enough” of what they need. “Using Get Enough Helper app as a nutrition tracker easily helps you identify which foods you may be missing out on,” says Nathalie Savoie, RD, Dairy Farmers of Canada. “Additionally, you will have access to customized recipes that will help ensure you are consuming a balanced diet and the recommended 2-3 servings of Milk and Alternatives, such as yogurt and cheese, every day.”

What’s more, for every day you use the app, the DFC makes a $1 donation to the CCAC. Download yours today getenough.ca/app

CCAC’s Original Survivor Story of a Remarkable Man – Barry Stein, Founder & President

CCAC’s Original Survivor Story of a Remarkable Man – Barry Stein, Founder & President

barry My name is Barry Stein and this is my cancer survivor story. I was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic colon cancer in 1995. Few of us cancer survivors can forget how we felt when we were first diagnosed with cancer. I remember how I felt as if it was yesterday. I was flattened by the news. I experienced a rush of emotions and suddenly began to panic. I broke out into a sweat. I felt bombarded by information, dished out faster than I could absorb it.

I felt anger, and I felt sorry for myself. I wondered why this was happening to me, and if I would ever see my young family grow up. I tried to digest the fact that my life was suddenly threatened by a disease that came upon me silently, without any symptoms. The doctors must have it wrong, I thought. I feel absolutely normal. Surely they’ve made a mistake.

I knew very little, if anything, about cancer, but I had some preconceptions – I associated the word cancer with death. Still, when my doctor told me that the cancer had spread from my colon to my liver and that I had a thirty percent chance of surviving five years, I could not accept it. I knew I had to fight. I wanted to do everything possible to improve my situation, but I had no experience and I understood very little of the information given to me. I was determined to do as much research as I could so that I would be able to make informed decisions about my treatment. If I was more aware of the disease and had been screened for colon cancer in time, I could have avoided years of treatment and surgery and lots of pain and suffering for myself and for my family. Fortunately, things turned out just fine after a lot of hard work and some pretty scary moments and the bonus is we have seen all our three wonderful children married to great spouses and we now have two beautiful grandchildren!

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My determination proved to be a very important first step in my cancer journey. Whatever emotion you may feel after a diagnosis of cancer, chances are that you will eventually face the reality of the situation and decide how you are going to fight. I now know that colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable. That’s why I have devoted my life since 1995 to making others aware of the disease, supporting patients and their families and working hard across Canada both for the implementation of screening programs, as well as equal and timely access to effective treatments to improve patient outcomes. I am the president of the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, and we are here to spread awareness about the important of getting screened for colorectal cancer.

It doesn’t have to been a death sentence. We can make a difference together. Support us to support you!

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month at Pharmacie Jean Coutu in St. Bruno

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month at Pharmacie Jean Coutu in St. Bruno

During the entire month of March, this busy pharmacy on Montreal’s South Shore promoted colorectal cancer awareness to all their clients and employees by erecting signage and making educational pamphlets available to them. On March 18th, an information booth was set up at the entrance of the store and clients were greeted by knowledgeable staff members and a representative of the CCAC who chatted with them about prevention and screening. A raffle was held and three recipe books titled “Preventing Cancer” by Richard Béliveau were featured as prizes.

The employees were extremely enthusiastic in the preparation for this special day which was held in honour of one of their colleagues who is undergoing treatment for colorectal cancer. They exhibited their culinary skills by preparing their special dishes and serving them at a huge buffet in the employee cafeteria. The employees donated generously for the privilege of eating such a delicious array of food.

A total of $1,305.00 was collected from all the activities and was presented to CCAC representative Frank Pitman.
Thank you to all the fabulous employees and clients who contributed to making this such a special event.

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March Awareness Month Comes to a Close – Words From Ministers Around the Country

March Awareness Month Comes to a Close – Words From Ministers Around the Country

As March awareness month comes to a close, we would like to reflect upon our reach and the impact these campaigns have on the lives of Canadians throughout the country. More than ever this year, the international and national community has come together to bring more awareness to colorectal cancer everywhere. We thank all of our supporters/followers for helping to spread the word and hope that you will continue to do – There is still work to be done. Continue to follow us and the social media platforms of our partners: N2Y & Foods That Fight. And continue to share, not only our content but also that of your own. Please send us private messages on any news stories that you have or survivor stories of your own. You are not alone, WE are in this fight together and will one day be able proudly say that WE BEAT THIS DISEASE TOGETHER!

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Another Blue Day Leads to More Awareness

The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada would like to thank the employees of Pharmascience and Pendopharm for showing their continued support for a future free of colon cancer by participating in Dress in Blue Day at their head office in Montreal on March 17th. Over 200 employees passed by our booth to learn more about colorectal cancer prevention and screening.

No Shame Here: Study finds only one in four Canadians embarrassed  about colorectal cancer screening

No Shame Here: Study finds only one in four Canadians embarrassed about colorectal cancer screening

Getenough Despite Canadians’ reputation for being culturally conservative — even reserved compared to other nationalities — a new survey by Ipsos conducted for the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada and Dairy Farmers of Canada has found that one in four Canadians would find the screening process for specific cancers embarrassing. With March being Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, it is the perfect time to address the importance of getting screened regularly, as 90 per cent of colorectal cancer cases can be cured when detected at an early stage. Screening is particularly crucial if you are over the age of 50 – earlier if you have a family history or other risk factors. Prevention tactics include consuming a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetable, whole grains, legumes and milk.

“The World Cancer Research Funds recognizes that consuming milk is associated with a reduced risk of developing colorectal cancer,” says Nathalie Savoie, RD, Dairy Farmers of Canada. An easy way to ensure you are consuming the recommended two to three servings is to start your day off with a dairy-rich breakfast. “Incorporating milk into breakfast items such as smoothies, oatmeal and cereal is a simple way to increase your dairy intake.”

Make sure that you are getting enough of what you need by using THE GET ENOUGH HELPER APP. This app allows you to track what you eat. Plus, for every day you use the app, Dairy Farmers of Canada makes a $1 donation to the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada.