Archive for July, 2011
Did you know that the CCAC has a full-time clinical & Educational 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 Clinical & Educational Specialist! Click here to catch up on previous months’ selected articles.
- Superna Launches Pilot Usage Program for New Oral Mucositis Treatment
- Imprime PGG Improves Survival in KRAS Mutant Colorectal Cancer Patients
- Researchers Test Benefit of Fish Oil in Colorectal Cancer Spread
- Analysis of Xelox v.s. Folfox for Treatment of Colorectal Cancer To Assist Decision Making
- Adjuvant Chemo For Stage II and Stage III Colorectal Cancer – Updated Practice Guidelines
- Genetic Marker May Help with Rectal Cancer Treatment
- Chewing Gum Helpful After Surgery
- Targeted Contrast Agent Reveals Colon Cancer
- Overuse of Screening in the Elderly
- Cancer Survivors Lag in Care for Comorbid Conditions
- Lower Lip Holds Clue to Hereditary Colon Cancer Syndrome
- Folic Acid to Decrease Risk of Colorectal Cancer
From the article’s description on the CMAJ site:
Guidelines for sensible drinking do not take the dose-response relationship between alcohol consumption and cancer risk into consideration. According to Latino-Martel and colleagues, the amount of evidence for the link between alcohol consumption and cancer has recently increased. On the whole, alcohol is considered an avoidable risk factor for cancer. Current guidelines for sensible drinking are not adequate for the prevention of cancer, and new guidelines based on scientific evidence are needed. Full article
You will need a paid account to access the full CMAJ article, but Carly Weeks’ Globe and Mail article explains our current state of affairs nicely:
In Canada, there are no federally established drinking standards. But low-risk drinking guidelines created by researchers from the University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, which have been endorsed by many health organizations, say men should consume no more than 14 alcoholic drinks in a week, and women no more than nine.
The Globe and Mail reports that a brand new set of Canadian drinks-per-week guidelines is in the works.
Here’s to hoping that Canada’s policy makers will pay attention to studies like this, a Centre for Addiction and Mental Health collaboration which found that alcohol use above “daily recommended limits” leads to several types of cancers.
Canada’s first national drinking guidelines are expected to be released later this year. Do you feel this will have an impact on the amount of alcohol you consume? Discuss!
The centre court of Complex Desjardins provided a bustling backdrop to the Giant Colon Tour’s partnership with the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM).
This weekend of colorectal cancer awareness was staffed by CHUM doctors, nurses and pharmacists, along with reps from key CCAC sponsors like ConvaTec. The opening ceremonies were emceed by Lorraine Cordeau, a close friend of the CCAC and wife of the late and great George Thurston. As always, our Giant Colon Tour team was on hand to answer questions and spread the word about our cause.
Many thanks to the coordinators of the CHUM event- we’ll see you next year!
Held at the Keystone Centre as a feature of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, this dynamite event was the result of a collaboration between the Kick Butt team, CancerCare Manitoba and the Canadian Cancer Society. A special note of thanks to Joan Madrigga, a real cancer warrior and our iron lady, who worked tirelessly throughout the whole event.
Over 13,000 individuals passed through the shockingly pink, shockingly Giant Colon!