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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!

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!

INFOGRAPHIC Ministers of Health 2016 FINAL

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.

Novartis Goes Blue For Colorectal Cancer – Will You?

Novartis Goes Blue For Colorectal Cancer – Will You?

Novartis Group Photo Dress in Blue

On Friday, March 4th, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. participated in “Dress in Blue Day”, an annual awareness campaign put on by the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. Novartis associates donned various shades of blue to show their support for Colorectal Cancer patients and their families. They were also able to pick up fact sheets and information booklets so they could learn more about this deadly disease. Thank you to the 60+ employees who stopped by for a group photo and to those who generously donated to the cause.

Giant Colon Tour at Pen Centre in St. Catharines Ontario

Giant Colon Tour at Pen Centre in St. Catharines Ontario

PenCentre4Niagara Health System’s (NHS) Colorectal Screening Program, in partnership with Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, brought the Giant Colon Tour to the Pen Centre in St. Catharines Ontario as part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada’s (CCAC) pink inflatable walk-through reproduction of the human colon is 40 feet long and eight feet high. The exhibit attracted over 2,300 visitors on Friday March 4th and Saturday March 5th, 2016.
The NHS partnered with The Giant Colon Tour, an educational exhibit part of the CCAC campaign that seeks to educate Canadians that this disease is preventable, treatable and beatable.
A team of registered nurses and health promotion specialists from Niagara Health System’s Endoscopy department were on hand to offer information about screening and prevention. Dr. Meghan Davis, CCO Regional Primary Care Lead and Dr. Pierre Major, the Chair of the CCAC’s Medical Advisory Board were also on hand to speak to the numerous visitors from the Niagara Region.
The message on prevention and screening reached thousands more in the region due to the extensive media coverage that was orchestrated by NHS Communications Specialist Steven Gallagher. Below are the links to some of the coverage:

CHCH TV story/video
TV Cogeco story/video
Niagara This Week story

A special thanks to Ruth Peters (NHS) and Andi Sinclair (Brock University), who were instrumental in bringing The Giant Colon Tour to the region for the second time since 2010.

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Survivor Story – Marie Taurasi

Survivor Story – Marie Taurasi

UntitledMy name is Marie Taurasi, I am 44 years old and I was diagnosed with Stage III rectal Cancer in January 2015.
My story dates back to November 2014. I had very few symptoms, but I asked my doctor to check it out. I underwent a colonoscopy and that is when my world came crashing down. I was told that I had Stage III rectal cancer. All I could think about was my husband and two children (ages 13 and 17). What were they feeling? What is going to happen to me? My thirteen year old daughter looked into my eyes with tears and said “Mom, are you going to die?” My heart sank, my life and world as I had known it was shattered. This could not be happening to me…..Cancer??
Thankfully a friend introduced me to my “Angel”, Filomena Servidio-Italiano from the CCAC. I immediately called her and from the moment we spoke I knew I was in the best hands possible. She calmed me down and educated me on my disease, which I knew nothing about. I had heard a little about colorectal cancer, but never truly understood it. She changed all that. She then referred me to the best cancer centre and oncologists.
Once my treatment schedule was put in place, I underwent radiation and chemotherapy in March 2015. In July, I underwent surgery and had my tumour removed. After six weeks, I had some additional chemotherapy.
Filomena was there from the very beginning, offering guidance and support day and night. Without her I would not be where I am today! I am also grateful to have such an amazing and supportive husband and two wonderful children. The on-going support of family and friends has been amazing, helping me throughout this difficult time.
Throughout this journey, with the education, support and guidance of the CCAC, I have learned a lot about this disease. Most importantly, I learned this is not just an old person’s disease! This disease affects men and women of all ages. It does not discriminate. We need to educate ourselves and to be pro-active. We need to eat healthy, exercise and assume a healthy lifestyle and of course get screened, so that we can prevent colorectal cancer. Did you know that even if you had colon cancer, adopting healthy lifestyles can also help prevent a recurrence of the disease?
The CCAC is here for people like you and me. People who desperately require support, guidance and above all education, so that we can get through the ups and downs that we go through when battling this horrible disease. The CCAC furnishes patients and caregivers with valuable information and monthly support groups where we are able to tell our stories and receive up to date information about the most current therapies designed to help us.

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I am so fortunate that I started my journey with the CCAC because without their help I would not be “cancer-free today”! What a gift they gave to me and to my precious children and husband! Thank you CCAC, for all the support and guidance you have given us. You truly are “Angels”!

“They have made a huge difference in my life……they gave it back to me!!” Now I am giving back to the CCAC by throwing them a massive fundraiser Gala on Saturday, June 4th at Le Parc Banquet Hall in Thornhill. Won’t you join me in honoring the CCAC that evening? Please contact me at taurasimarie@gmail.com for details regarding this spectacular event.

Linda Wilkins – Stage IV Patient Survivor Story

Linda Wilkins – Stage IV Patient Survivor Story

IMG_0289 My name is Linda Wilkins and I am 70 years young, in no small measure because of the help I received from the CCAC and its CCRAN support group headed up by Filomena Servidio-Italiano.

I was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer in August 2005. I had surgery the following November to remove the primary tumour along with about 75 percent of my colon, followed by a full round of chemotherapy.

Then in March of the following year I had an operation to remove a metastasis in my right lung, followed by more chemo.

It was then discovered that I had an ‘inoperable’ tumour on the right side of my chest wall and although we tried a round of radiation and more chemo I was told by my oncologist that I would be considered palliative.

Until this point I was not made aware of the CCAC or their CCRAN support group that had recently been formed. I was just accepting the doctor’s prognosis verbatim. Luckily I overheard a gentleman talking in the clinic about the CCRAN information/support group and of his personal treatment. So, I asked him a few questions and he advised me to come to a meeting the following Sunday.

At the CCRAN monthly meetings each of us talk about our individual situations and then we exchange ideas of how to help each other with our struggles and speak to our successes as well. Filomena brings a wealth of research information to each meeting and brings us up-to-date and explains in detail the latest findings. We come away empowered with more and more knowledge each time.

And that is where my cancer journey got on the right track. I learned so much from that point on and never looked back. I did get the Avastin treatment in Buffalo and then I was able to get the ‘inoperable’ operation at Toronto General Hospital with Filomena’s referral to the right thoracic surgeon.

It is now seven years later and I am still ‘No Evidence of Disease’. Perhaps I am the exception, but I learned that the most important lesson here is to be your own advocate and I pass it along to anyone who will listen, thanks to the CCAC and the invaluable support they offered through CCRAN.

I OWE THEM MY LIFE.

Yours sincerely,
Linda Wilkins

March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

DIB EN March is the Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month when we strive to raise awareness about the importance of screening and offer our support to those touched by the disease. Whether you are connected to the disease as a patient, family member, caregiver, survivor, friend of someone touched by the disease, or not, this applies to you.

“This March, we want to make you aware that colorectal cancer can touch you just as easily as it did me, silently and with hardly any symptoms. It is one disease that does not discriminate and can touch anyone,” said Barry D. Stein president of the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (“CCAC”).

Most people are unaware that the disease is Preventable, Treatable, and Beatable. Those affected know the importance of informing and educating the public on the possibilities of prevention, and of a cure when caught early.

Colorectal cancer affects everyone, young and old, male or female. Although the prevalence of the disease increases at about 50 years old, many young individuals are touched by the disease, and we make a point in offering them support.

“I was diagnosed with advanced disease when I was 40 in 1995, said Stein, when treatments were limited and information and support were next to none. I remember receiving a pat on the shoulder, sad looks and expressions of sympathy. We have come a long way since then, but I am always surprised how many people are diagnosed even younger than I was.”

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in Canada, yet it can be detected through simple screening tests. Most provinces have implemented screening programs and regularly use fecal immunochemical tests (FIT) or fecal occult blood tests (FOBT) for any person over 50 years old. Positive results are referred for a colonoscopy. Other screening options are available based on the recommendation of a physician, but don’t wait for the appearance of symptoms, by then it may already be too late.

This month, in celebration of a healthy lifestyle and primary prevention, we will be introducing a new program Foods That Fight Cancer. We have also aligned with our alliance partners all over the world to promote the Never Too Young (N2Y) campaign supporting young patients diagnosed with the disease.

Throughout the month, we will feature new articles on colorectal cancer on our Website, Facebook pages, Twitter account and other media, and of course our www.endangeredbutts.ca ads and You Tube videos will be back again so you can “bear” out the month.

A great way to participate in March awareness month is to organize a “Dress in Blue” day at your work place. Dress in Blue events encourage employees to dress in blue at work on March 4th (or any other given day in March) to spread awareness, support for patients, and raise funds for important CCAC programs so that we can continue to help you. Its simple to do. Get a poster, register online and go to work dressed in blue. For more information and to register for your workplace, see: www.dressinblue.ca

So help us help you by spreading the word and saving lives!

About colon cancer Colorectal cancer – cancer of the colon or rectum – is the second leading cause of cancer deaths overall in men and women in Canada. Though highly preventable and curable when detected early, an estimated 25,100 Canadians were diagnosed with colorectal cancer last year. One in 14 men and one in 16 women are expected to develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime. Sadly, over 9,400 men and women will die from colorectal cancer this year in Canada.

About CCAC

The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada is the country’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and educating Canadians about colorectal cancer, supporting patients and their families and advocating on their behalf. For up-to-date information on colorectal cancer call us toll-free 1.877.50.COLON (26566) to order free copies of helpful educational materials.

Website: www.colorectal-cancer.ca
Twitter link: https://twitter.com/coloncanada
Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/Colorectal/?fref=ts

For interviews contact: Isabella Noubani
Email: isabellan@colorectal-cancer.ca Tel: 514.875.7745 ext.223 Cell: 514.692.2385

GROW A BEARD THIS DECEMBER FOR A GREAT CAUSE

GROW A BEARD THIS DECEMBER FOR A GREAT CAUSE

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Now that you’ve shaved off your Movember mustache, we invite you to take it one step further this month and consider going full facial.

Even though they itch a bit in the early days and make soup a questionable lunchtime choice, real men still grow beards. Why? Because real men like to feel like bears. Grizzly bears. Big, heaving, honey guzzling grizzly bears. The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) is inviting real men to take part in Decembeard Canada and raise money to help those affected by colorectal cancer by getting sponsored to, you guessed it – grow a beard!

The CCAC is delighted to announce that our beard ambassador for this year’s campaign will be linebacker Byron Archambault of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Ladies, don’t worry you can get involved by supporting your men through sponsorships, campaign promotion or you can also take part by faking, making, or painting a beard – for this month bearded ladies aren’t restricted to circus tours. Have fun with it, post photos of yourselves sporting an artificial or drawn-on beard!

Decembeard is a global initiative. Launched in 2012 by our partner, Beating Bowel Cancer UK, Decembeard™ was created as a quirky way to help eliminate the stigma associated with colorectal cancer and create colonversation about colon cancer. This year, we join our UK, New Zealand, and Australian friends to beard up for colorectal cancer. Together we are raising awareness of the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Canada.

Each year, 25,100 people are diagnosed with the disease and the survival rate in Canada is 68% – with your help we can do better. This December we are hoping to raise $100,000 to fund our work helping and supporting people with colorectal cancer and their families, and raising awareness of the disease, its symptoms and the need for early diagnosis.

How to sign up:

Decembeard Canada is simple… no marathon to run, no mountain to climb, just sign up to grow a beard and help by raising funds to help those touched by colorectal cancer. Register now at decembeardcanada.com and set up your fundraising page.

Starting December 1st, grow your beard and discover how handsome you can be. Make sure to share your pictures with us using #DecembeardCanada! You could get featured as our Beard of the Week and win a prize for best beard. Biotherm Homme will be supporting our campaign with awesome prizes all Decembeard long.

So what are you waiting for, get growing!