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World Cancer Day: the latest on prevention, detection and treatment options

World Cancer Day is an international day to raise awareness about cancer, encourage prevention, educate on detection, and inform people of treatment options. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, the number of newly diagnosed cancer cases in Canada is increasing, however, survival rates are also increasing. From breast cancer and colon cancer, to lung cancer and prostate cancer (to name just a few) – this disease will likely touch all of us whether directly or indirectly through family and friends.

We have rounded up the latest evidence-based resources in three key areas to keep you up-to-date.

Featured Resources

Cancer prevention

o   Blog Post: Want to reduce your risk of cancer? Try these evidence-based tips

o   Blog Post: Can exercise trim your risk for breast cancer recurrence?

o   Blog Post: Selenium and cancer: Friends or foes?

o   Blog Post: Make 'happy hour' healthier: limit your alcohol to reduce your cancer risk

o   Blog Post: Be ‘sun smart’ to avoid skin cancer

o   Blog Post: Move more, sit less to reduce your risk of cancer

o   Blog Post: A healthy diet can reduce your risk of cancer 

o   Web Resource Rating: Breast cancer: Risks and benefits, age 50-69

o   Public Talk: McMaster's Stuart Phillips talked about how being physically active reduces cancer risk. Watch the video.

Early cancer detection

o   Blog Post: Screening for prostate cancer: What you should know about the PSA test

o   Evidence Summary: Culturally customized cancer screening programs improve cancer screening rates

o   Web Resource Ratings: Colorectal cancer test recommendations

o   Web Resource Ratings: Breast cancer Screening video

o   Web Resource Ratings: Routine ovarian cancer screening not beneficial

o   Web Resource RatingsBRCA1 and BRCA2: Cancer risk and genetic testing

Cancer treatment options

o   Blog Post: Weeding out the truth: Cannabis-based medications for cancer patients

o   Blog Post: Facing a difficult health choice? Decision aids can help

o   Web Resource Rating: Radiotherapy for head and neck cancer: A summary for adults and their caregivers.

o   Web Resource Rating: Early stage breast cancer treatment in premenopausal women

o   Web Resource Ratings: Invasive bladder cancer treatment


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DISCLAIMER: Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of these blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website

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