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.
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.
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Shoppers will have more than deals and merchandise to attract their attention at the Pen Centre on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5.
They’ll also have a unique opportunity to walk through a giant colon to learn about colorectal cancer and other diseases of the colon.
Niagara Health System’s Colorectal Screening Program, in partnership with Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, is bringing the Giant Colon Tour to the St. Catharines shopping mall 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 NHS has 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 will be on hand to offer information about screening, a simple process that helps to identify the risk for developing cancer.
The CCAC’s visiting professor Dr. Preventino – a puppet – will greet all visitors and guide them on their voyage through The Giant Colon. Visitors will view everything on a large scale, from Giant Hemorrhoids to Giant Polyps and much more.
While exploring The Giant Colon, Dr. Preventino will provide visitors with healthy lifestyle tips and explanations of the various diseases on interactive media screens.
Giant Colon Tour details:
Where: Pen Centre, St. Catharines
When: Friday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 pm. and Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Why: To raise awareness about colorectal cancer and the importance of regular screening.
For more information about Niagara Health System’s Colorectal Screening Program, click here
We’ve all been guilty of using father time as an excuse for skipping on exercise but experts say there is a misconception about how much exercise is really needed at one time. Instead of investing an hour in one shot, you can just as easily increase your fitness level by fitting in 10 minute intervals of exercise throughout the day.
According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, for adults aged 18-64 to achieve health benefits they should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate – to vigorous – intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. It is also beneficial to add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups, at least 2 days per week.
Also you don’t need to join a fancy gym or buy pricey home equipment to build a good fitness program either. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways, by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or speed up your household chores.
However, to really burn calories and lose weight (if that is your goal) you’ll want to get your heart pumping and break a sweat. The key thing to remember is to pace yourself, especially if you are just a beginner.
At the Gym, my top recommendation is a Spinning class – the pace can be set by the individual and using the bike is easy on the knees (a key complaint for many beginner or novice trainees). For those at home workouts I use a free app called let’s WOD Workout of the day. It’s basically a workout through a deck of cards. Choose four of your fave exercises (one per suit) and do the reps as they randomly come up on your phone until the pack is complete. Take breaks as you need to and try to pick 4 exercises that target different parts of the body. Here are a few suggestions to kick you off:
Being active is one of the preventative measures that you can take to help prevent colon cancer, plus it just makes you feel better all around. To help you get on track for 2016, we have created a 3 part blog post to get informed and hopefully you’ll share it with your loved ones!
With the New Year in full gear, we all want to feel and look better. For most of us this meant incorporating regular exercise into our resolution plans – but have you stepped up to the plate yet? Whether you love it or hate it, the reality is incorporating even small amounts into your daily routine can reap a ton of benefits, some of which may even surprise you!
We’ve all heard that regular exercise and physical activity are beneficial for weight management and can vastly improve the quality of our lives but what else? And how much is enough?
It Helps You Manage Your Weight
The first rule to any weight loss program is to burn more calories than you consume, and physical activity can help you do that. While cardiovascular exercise view site is both ideal for weight loss and general physical health don’t toss strength training aside. By increasing your muscle mass, you increase your calorie-burning metabolism. This means that by replacing fat with muscle, your body will burn more calories at rest.
It Boosts Your Energy Levels
Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise oxygenates the blood and delivers nutrients to tissues, revving up the cardiovascular system and boosting circulation. That means your heart and lungs don’t need to work as hard to function.
It Combats Chronic Disease
No matter what your current weight, being can active has an important role on our overall health, especially for our hearts. It boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Other health problems and concerns that can be addressed by a regular exercise regime include; stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer (including colon), and arthritis.
It Improves Your Mood
Simply put, exercise view site is the best natural stress reliever out there. Whether you push it in an intense spinning class, go for a walk or stretch it out in a mind-body combination yoga workout, you’ll feel better and more relaxed afterwards. Why? Physical activity stimulates the release of feel-good brain chemicals like endorphins. Plus using your muscles allows you to rid them of tension. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
It Promotes Better Sleep
Sleep struggles? Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.
It Enhances your Sex Life!
Does your partner hear the words not tonight often because of fatigue or your feelings of low sex appeal? Regular physical activity can increase your energy and help you look and feel better about your body image, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. But there’s more to it than that. Regular physical activity for women can lead to enhanced arousal. And for men, it can help reduce issues of erectile dysfunction.
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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!
A wide variety of health and safety exhibits, including The Giant Colon, provided a bevy of important information to area residents in Rama Ontario on Thursday September 24, 2015.
With a theme focused on “Community Learning for Healthy Living,” the Rama First Nation’s 30th annual health fair at the Rama MASK featured close to 70 exhibits designed to provide visitors with healthy lifestyle tips and information about various diseases. Over 450 people attended the fair.
There were also reflexology, massage therapy, blood-pressure checks and foot assessments exhibits along with mini-workshops, including yoga, CPR and use of traditional medicines.
A delicious and healthy hot buffet lunch was served to all in attendance.
Thanks to all the organizers and fundraisers who made this event possible.
The 4th annual softball game in memory of Stephen “Diggs” Lisiak took place on Saturday June 4th at Alexander Park in Pierrefonds Quebec under beautiful sunny skies.
Stephen was a great baseball fan and his wife Lisa started the tournament, one year after he lost his battle with colon cancer, to give his family and friends the opportunity to honour and show their love for this great man.
Stephen and Lisa’s son AJ, who was only 17 months when he lost his dad, played in the tournament for the first time. He certainly made his dad proud.
There were activities for all ages including nail painting and tattoos for the kids, multiple raffle prizes and silent auction items, food provided by Dagwood’s and a draw for two Westjet tickets to any of their destinations.
The event raised an incredible $12,475 to be shared by The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada and Cedars Cansupport.
Get Into The Active Groove: The Colorectal Cancer Association Hosts It’s Third Annual Sortez! Bougez! This June
Physical activity provides many health benefits, such as getting or maintaining a healthy body weight and reducing the risk of colon cancer and many other diseases.
That’s why on Saturday, June 20th, The Colorectal Cancer Association (CCAC), The Dairy Farmers of Canada and U.N.I.Training, have joined forces to host the third Annual Sortez! Bougez!/ Get Out There and Move fitness event to promote the importance of physical activity.
Whether you’re a fitness guru or a beginner looking for a place to kick start your new past time, this event on the Lachine Canal is the place to be. Rain or shine, participants will partake in the CCAC’s endurance, adaptable to all fitness levels.
The challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to take part in four 45 minutes classes showcasing different forms of group training; Zumba, Kickboxing, Boot Camp and Yoga.
This taster pack of physical activity costs participants $30 to register and includes snacks, lunch and beverages throughout the day, which runs from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Any additional sponsorship or doantions will receive a tax receipt. Proceeds will be donated to the CCAC.
“The importance of physical activity cannot be emphasized enough. In today’s society that is moving towards a more sedentary lifestyle, there is a greater need than ever to increase one’s daily activity level to maintain optimal health and prevent future illness. This event is designed to remind people of that and to introduce them to a new way of thinking. We hope to see you there!” Said Barry Stein, CCAC president.
For more information or to join the fitness revolution, visit www.sortezbougez.ca.
The Giant Colon Tour greeted over 1,300 health and safety professionals at the Partners in Prevention 2015 Health and Safety Conference and Trade Show at the International Centre in Mississauga.
It is Canada’s health and safety industry’s largest and longest running conference and trade show, where over 4,000 health and safety professionals connected to do business.
Special thanks to the Halifax Fabricville Team, who raised $555 last weekend at the Blue Nose Scotiabank Marathon. Fabricville’s head office will match their $555 for a total of $1110.00 raised for the CCAC. Stay tuned to Facebook for a full list of charity races in your community.
Amazing race guys, Thanks again!