Archive for July, 2010
Next time you’re out training for Kick Butt in Winnipeg, you may get an eyeful of a very iconic bottom!
Earlier this year, the Credit Valley Hospital hosted the Giant Colon Tour at the Bramalea City Centre. It turns out, they’re our biggest fans! Along with the Giant Colon Tour crew, Credit Valley employees and volunteers were able to educate more than 7000 Brampton, Ontario residents about colorectal cancer and other pathologies of the colon. 7000!
To date, over 100,000 Canadians have made the possibly lifesaving journey through the Giant Colon. How do we know? It turns out the Giant Colon has many friends! Among them is SenSource,
The Giant Colon Tour crew is able to keep 100% focused on one-on-one discussions with the public, while SenSource’s people counters do all the work. After all, who wants to do headcounts when they can count smiles instead?
Do you want the Giant Colon in your community? Contact Adrian Mitchell, Director of National Exhibits: adrienm@colorectal-cancer,ca
The Vancouver Sun also picked up the story- that is, the story that thousands of British Columbians are still waiting for an effective population-based colorectal cancer screening program! Survivors like Ruth Tremblay and Doug Shirlaw ask, “How long until a real change is made?”
Click here to read “B.C. In Dire Need of Colorectal Cancer Screening Program, Survivors Say”, the Vancouver Sun’s coverage of Tuesday’s press conference.
British Columbians were reminded of the importance of colorectal cancer at a press conference held in Vancouver this morning. NDP Opposition Critic for Health Adrian Dix spoke out against the province’s slow response to the lifesaving facts regarding the efficacy of colorectal cancer screening. Colorectal cancer is the province’s second leading cause of cancer death.
Two of the CCAC’s dedicated Cancer Coaches were on hand to share their experiences with the disease and remind the public of the support and awareness programs offered by the CCAC. Ruth Tremblay and Doug Shirlaw were instrumental in reminding the public of the kinds of lives more complete screening measures could save. Click here to learn more about the Cancer Coach program.
“The study published in the CMAJ [Canadian Medical Association Journal] demonstrates that British Columbians have much to gain from implementing a colorectal cancer screening program. This is a sound, long term strategy for dealing with one of the deadliest cancers in this province. It is a smart solution that will protect generations of British Columbians by allowing us to target colorectal cancers early on,” Dix said. “The facts are all there, what’s missing is political will.”
The CCAC extends a warm thank you to Adrian Dix for his dedication to demanding better screening, and to all of those who participated in the press conference.
How do you feel about screening options of availability in your jurisdiction? The CCAC offers an Advocacy Toolkit to get you started.
Click here to read the official NDP press release.
Back in March, the CCAC pushed the envelope when we began asking people to visit www.getyourbuttseen.ca and cheekily remind their loved ones to pay attention to their behinds. Now we’re upping the ante and turning GetYourButtSeen into a glamorous evening in Montreal, all to raise crucial funds for the CCAC’s many support, awareness and advocacy initiatives! Tickets for the first-ever GetYourButtSeen Runway Gala will be on sale soon.
On December 1st, the Olympia Theatre will be transformed into a kaleidoscopic world complete with an edgy fashion show, sensual musical acts, healthy gourmet culinary delights and a luxury silent auction. The provocative evening will be everything GetYourButtSeen stands for, and will spread awareness of a disease that too few of us are willing to discuss. What a fabulous way to remind Montreal (and the world!) that colorectal cancer is Preventable, Treatable and Beatable.
To purchase tickets or to sponsor the event, contact Lydia Moreyne (1-877-50-COLON extension 223, firstname.lastname@example.org)
To volunteer or to donate items to our silent auction, contact Kait Wallace (1-877-50-COLON, extension 235, email@example.com)
Vitamin D may decrease your colorectal cancer risk, but you may not be getting enough- especially if you’re as sun-savvy as you should be!
Vitamin D is found in very few foods in nature, but it’s readily available in the sky! Exposure to sunlight, without sunscreen, causes your skin to synthesize the vitamin. It is essential for calcium absorption and for aiding in the regulation of cell replication, which goes awry in cancerous cells.
Healthy men and women between 19 and 50 years old are recommended to take in 5mcg (200IU) of Vitamin D per day. Those between the ages of 50 and 70 are recommended to take in 10mcg (400IU) per day. For reference, the average North American daily diet is thought to include about 100IU. For more information, we suggest the USA’s National Institute of Health’s Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet.
If you’re being careful about the sun to decrease your skin cancer risk, how do you ensure that you’re getting enough Vitamin D to decrease your colorectal cancer risk?
Though sun exposure is an efficient source of Vitamin D synthesis, there are a number of diestary options. Fatty fish are a decent source, and include catfish, salmon, and tuna, and the vitamin is also naturally found in egg yolks. Mushrooms are thought to be the only naturally-occurring vegan source of Vitamin D- and like humans, they need UV exposure in order to synthesize it. Of course, an average multivitamin contains nearly 100% of your recommended daily intake, and separate Vitamin D supplements are also widely available on the market. As always, we recommend talking to your physician or your pharmacist before introducing any supplement!
Click here to read about mushrooms and Vitamin D2 formation in a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Click here to read an LA Times article about mushrooms and UV exposure.
We know you’re being kind to your body while training for Kick Butt for Colorectal Cancer in Winnipeg, but the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will give you yet another reason to stretch those muscles!
On September 26th, the last run in the Canada Running Series will be taking place in Toronto, and the CCAC is a proud charity partner.
Here’s how you could help:
1) Join team CHEEKY BUTTS as a proud runner or walker, or register as an individual if you feel like tackling the course solo. If you agree to raise $500 or more, please contact the CCAC directly, because the first 20 registrants may qualify for free registration!
2) Sponsor a runner. Challenge someone you know to walk or run the full 5km, 21km or 42km race.
3) Come and show your support on race day! Volunteers will be needed, so leave your contact information with the CCAC (1-877-50-COLON (26566) or firstname.lastname@example.org).
4) Contact us to receive a CHEEKY BUTTS poster. Use it to recruit your team or convince your officemates to get their butts seen at the course.
Looking to get pumped about the race? Check out the blast we had in Montreal!
Lara-Lea Avery invites you to run or walk in the 3rd Annual Kick Butt for Colorectal Cancer in Winnipega
Hey Winnipeg! If you weren’t able to make it out to any of the Scotia runs, you still have a chance to lace up and get active in the name of colorectal cancer awareness!
Kick Butt For Colorectal Cancer is coming back for its third incredible year on September 11th at 10:00 a.m. in Kildonan Park.
Bring your entire family and run or walk as a team. When it comes to apparel, anything goes! Participants are encouraged to get wacky and run in boxer shorts or bathing suits, and prizes will be awarded for the best butt covers! We hear things get pretty wild, so sign up today!
For more information, visit www.kickbuttrun.com.
Think back to high school- can you imagine conquering the stress of being a teenager while simultaneously helping a parent conquer cancer? Behind every cancer patient is a family that needs support too, and Hope & Cope in Montreal is looking to serve as many of those family members as possible through workshops like their upcoming Connecting Teens Whose Lives Have Been Touched by Cancer event.
Do you know a patient with a teenage son or daughter in need of a friendly peer environment? The workshop takes place on Friday, July 30th from noon to 4:00 at the Hope & Cope Centre, 4635 chemin de la Cote-Ste-Catherine in Montreal. To register, contact Pauline Orr at 514-340-8222, extension 2591.
Workshop participants will enjoy a free BBQ lunch while meeting and connecting with other teenagers and learning about coping skills and gaining emotional support.
Colorectal cancer patients have access to a number of support groups across Canada, and some may allow family members to participate. In addition, the CCAC Cancer Coach Program can handle calls from family members who have been affected by their loved one’s diagnosis- call 1-877-50-COLON or email email@example.com to be put in touch with a confidential Cancer Coach.
The CCAC wishes to show its support of all support groups and workshops dedicated to supporting cancer patients. Which have helped you and your family cope?
A select group of Canadian experts in the fields of surgical oncology, molecular genetics, pathology and genetic counseling will come together to provide insight into topics including the establishment of new colorectal cancer registries, current issues under investigation, the importance of registries in provincial colorectal cancer screening programs and future steps in shared data capture.
The CCAC hopes that the establishment of these registries will help to provide critical information and support to people affected by hereditary colorectal cancer, their family members who may be at risk, and the physicians overseeing the management of their care by enhancing the understanding and management of hereditary syndromes.