Did you know that the CCAC has a full-time Research & Education Specialist? Along with our Medical Advisory Board, this individual is a vital link between medical research and the many patients who come to our site seeking information about colorectal cancer screening, treatment and prevention. Below, you’ll find a selection of this month’s selected journal article summaries. A gift to you from our Research & Education Specialist! Click here to catch up on previous months’ selected articles.
- KRAS Mutations Match in Primary Tumour and Liver Mets
- Administering Folfox 6 with Avastin in Non-optimally resectable Liver Mets
- Effect of Simvastatin on Erbitux Resistance with KRAS Mutations
- Addressing the Hypersensitivity to Cold Caused by Oxaliplatin
- Venlafaxine for the Prevention of Oxaliplatin-Induced Neuropathy
- Stronger Chemo + Immune Boost May Help Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients
- Liver Resection in the Elderly
- Outcomes Are Affected by Recurrence Patterns After Liver Mets Surgery
- Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery in the Elderly
- Phase III Clinical Trial Using Theraspheres for Liver Mets
- Liver Mets Respond to Radiation Microspheres
- OncoDefender Can Assess Risk of Recurrence in Stage I/II Patients
- Automated Reminder System for Colonoscopy Deemed Effective
- Utilization of Virtual Colonoscopy Triples in the U.S.
- Providing Quality of Life at End of Life Study
- Stress of Cancer Makes it Difficult to Quit Smoking
- No Link Between ABO Blood Group & Risk of Colorectal Cancer
- Link Between Stem Cells and Colorectal Cancer
- CRC Groups Join Together to Offer Clinical Trial Matching in the U.S.
- A New Formula Developed to Help Determine Disease Free Survival
- Gene Discovered to Be Linked to Colorectal Cancer When Folate is Low
Cue Vivaldi’s Four Seasons- these works of art astound us!
Be sure to visit www.ccacpsa.com to vote on your favourites! Simply assign each entry a star rating (out of five). Don’t forget the video and audio categories!
In anticipation of the upcoming Scotiabank Charity Challenge runs, we’ve got a pretty fabulous bonus for running or walking on the CCAC’s “Get Your Butt Seen” team.
Want yours? The CCAC is one of the only national not-for-profit organizations for all five events across Canada:
- Montréal – Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal et 5k
- Halifax – Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon
MAY 20th to 22nd
- Calgary – Calgary Marathon
- Vancouver – Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K
- Toronto – Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Make yourself a bowl of air-popped popcorn (see below!) and enjoy a screening of this year’s International Public Service Announcement Contest video entries. Rate the entries at www.ccacpsa.com (and submit your own!) but HURRY- the contest closes at midnight.
We hope there’s still lots of entries to come- there’s prize money $1,500 per category hanging in the balance!
This submission comes from Colon Cancer Alliance in the United States:
And this submission comes from the Jay family in Regina, Saskatchewan:
And a few creative high school students from Ohio gave us this great idea:
CCAC volunteer Nadia Afara brought us this punchy submission:
And this submission by Shawn Ritchie asks us, what’s in your pipes?
This submission by Hari Kapoor hit us hard:
And this submission from Alex Ostroff and friends pushed our buttons:
We were beside ourselves with this submission from Jeff Stevens:
And this submission by Pamela Podzorski and friends had us grooving!
The Health Benefits of Popcorn
What movie screening couldn’t be improved by the crunchy satisfaction of popcorn? Well if you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight to reduce your colon cancer risk, you may wish to re-think your movie theatre snacks.
Don’t be tempted by the yellow glow of commercially prepared movie-theatre popcorn:
At Cineplex Entertainment — the largest chain in Canada with 1,328 screens — popcorn is now popped in non-hydrogenated canola oil, second best after air popped at home.
But the popcorn purchased by CSPI researchers weighed more than the company claims. After adjusting the serving size, a small popcorn with no topping had 480 calories.
A large untopped popcorn has 1,120 calories — half a day’s worth for most people, as well as 530 milligrams of sodium.
Health Canada recommends that adults consume less than 20 grams of saturated fat, and about 1,500 mg of sodium in an entire day based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Patrons who opt for five pumps of Becel topping on a large, 20 cup portion at Cineplex add 270 calories and four grams of saturated fat. They get 320 calories and 22 grams of saturated fat with five squirts of Lactantia butter topping.
“Movie theatre popcorn salt, fat get the thumbs down” CBC News, November 2009
But we said we would talk about the health benefits, didn’t we?
Popcorn can be a pretty decent low-calorie, low-fat snack when popped with air instead of oil. It’s naturally high in fibre and it’s sodium-free. Too bad we load the butter and salt on after the fact! Here’s a quick recipe from wholeliving.com that uses less fat and sodium but doesn’t scrimp on the flavour:
- Pop 1/2 cup of kernels in your air-popping machine.
- Stir together 1 1/4 teaspoons chilli powder, 1 1/4 teaspoons cumin, 1 tablespoon of finely-grated lime zest and 1/2 teaspoon of coarse salt.
- While still hot, toss popcorn in spice mixture and sprinkle with lime juice. Voilà!
Don’t start any all-popcorn crash diets any time soon, though- popcorn should still be considered an occasional treat, and fresh fruits & veggies should still be your first-choice snacks.
The Health Benefits of Yellow Popcorn by livestrong.com’s Nathalie Stein, nutrition consultant
Popcorn, retrieved from Wikipedia on March 9, 2011
Are you ready to Graffiti Get Down?
The event is being planned and executed by 2nd year Special Events Planning Students at George Brown College in Toronto, and we hear it’s going to be a blast!
GGD is all about the four pillars of hip hop (emceeing, DJ’ing, breaking, graffiti) and showcasing those pillars. Our purpose is to raise money for the George Brown College first year Special Events Students, and this year an amazing 20% of the proceeds will support Sophie’s Run, an initiative benefiting the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada.
Just four years ago, one of our professors at George Brown College, Nicole Chuchmach’s mother Sophie, passed away from colorectal cancer. During her mother’s illness and to help with the pain, Nicole started to run and she continued to run to help with the pain and grief of her mother’s passing. In 2008 Nicole started a charity, Sophie’s Run, to keep the legacy of her mother alive. Nicole and a team of runners, with the support of the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, ran from Milton ON to NewYork City raising $175, 000 dollars in honour of Sophie.
We also want to honour Sophie, and the courageand strength of both her and Nicole, by donating 20% of our funds raised from GGD.
Please join these incredible young crusaders for a fab night of live urban culture featuring a breakdancing competition and graffiti art raffles. You can also see what it feels like to be bad-to-the-bone and create your own grafitti masterpiece on site. You’ll be supporting George Brown College Special Events Scholarship fund and Sophie’s Run, two very worthy causes!
You can reach Graffiti Get Down on their brand-new Twitter account, @GraffitiGetDown.
With just a small team of professional staff, we know that achieving our goal of improving patient outcomes in Canada means branching out to new communities.
Cue the CODE YOUR ART OUT competition- a big, beautiful idea from Microsoft.
The CCAC is proud to announce that we’re an official competition supporter for this first-time web application contest, which aims to help non-profits harness the power of technology and better help their communities.
We proposed a project that would help patients with the daunting task of keeping track of symptoms while undergoing treatment. How cool would it be to have a one-stop web application that could help you better communicate with your cancer care team?
Do you know a hacker-with-heart who’s looking for a special project? Do you have an idea for a web application that could help patients (and other non-profits!) better navigate the world? Help us spread the word!
Watch the conversations unfold on Twitter with #codeyourartout and follow @codeyourartout for up-to-the-minute news!
ABOUT THE CONTEST
Here’s your apportunity to win up to $15,000 and earn top recognition!
“Code Your Art Out” is about helping non-profits harness the power of technology in order to better serve its communities and members. It’s also about blending Microsoft technologies with other technologies to create applications that connect people, data, and diverse systems in new ways; bringing it all together in one ground breaking application.
Application submissions will be judged on Interoperability, Creativity and Usability. The competition kicks off March 1st and ends on June 1st. The top two finalists will be announced on June 10th and will compete for first and second place on the evening of June 24th in downtown Toronto. First place wins $10,000! Second place wins $5,000! And, there is a bonus prize of $5,000 to be awarded by TechSoup Canada, to one or both finalists, based on non-profit application eligibility.
If you develop a killer app and are not a finalist, you’ll still be able to present at the main event, and you’ll be featured on various Microsoft websites. Basically you’ll still get props if you put in the time to create something awesome.
Have you created your entry yet? Hurry, the contest closes March 31st!
It’s one of the myths we constantly have to debunk- the truth is, colorectal cancer isn’t just “a man’s disease.” Women account for approximately 45% of CRC cases and CRC deaths.
Take Canada for instance- last year an estimated 22,500 Canadians (12,400 men – 10,100 women) were diagnosed. In total, 9100 Canadians (4,100 of them women) lost their lives. Source: Canadian Cancer Society: Canadian Cancer Statistics 2010.
Help us celebrate International Women’s Day. Teach a woman you care about that healthy lifestyle choices can decrease her risk of colorectal cancer. If she’s over 50 or experiencing symptoms, urge her to get screened. Remind her that taking steps to prevent colorectal cancer may prolong her life and allow her to continue to celebrate the achievements of women well into her elder years.
March 8 is International Women’s Day, and 2011 marks the 100-year anniversary of this yearly celebration of women. Click here to learn more.