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  • Environmental Exposures in Girls increase Breast Cancer Risks

    October 4, 2015

    " Girls may be vulnerable to environmental exposures that contribute to breast cancer decades later.  In fact, scientific reasearch clearling indicates that young girls, girls with developing breasts, have an increased risk for developing breast cancer when exposed to certain environmental factors.

  • One Disease. Two Drug-Covreage standards. Shocking.

    April 14, 2015

    Universal funding of oral cancer drugs is the right thing to do!

    Mother and daughter were both treated at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Their drugs came from the same pharmacy. However, there was one significant difference. read more

  • Breast Cancer’s Inconvenient Truth

    April 13, 2014

    I’d just received some pretty sobering news, yet my overriding thought was getting pink disease swag. Maybe, I thought, I was just in denial and trying to find the least offensive way toward acceptance of my diagnosis. That was the way it was supposed to work, right? It was a rite of passage, I told myself. I would see cancer as a blessing, walk all over the country raising awareness (because you can’t have too much), and give other women pink shiny things.

    Three weeks into my breast cancer diagnosis I learned that the cancer had metastasized. I knew then that, far from my optimistic 18 month timetable, breast cancer would now always be with me. Breast cancer would kill me.  read more

  • Cancer’s Not Fair, But Accessing Treatment Should Be

    March 16, 2014

    There is no disputing a cancer diagnosis is among the worst news a person or their family could receive. But there is another harsh reality for many patients in Ontario and Atlantic Canada who face uncertainty and financial hardship as a result of discrimination when   it comes to accessing effective cancer treatments that are taken orally. An unprecedented unification of more than 30 Canadian patient groups, physicians and health care charities, led by Kidney Cancer Canada, are working together to ensure all Canadian cancer patients have certainty that if cancer strikes them or a loved one they will have fair and equal access to the treatment they need, whether intravenous (IV) or oral.     read more

  • One in Three Cancer Patients

    March 12, 2014

    ONE in every THREE patients has trouble accessing cancer medications due to the cumbersome process for approvals.  

     

    Earlier this week I sat down with an oncologist from Brampton, Ontario to ask about this oral versus intravenous issue and how it affects the patients he sees. He said quite plainly that ONE in every THREE patients he sees has trouble accessing cancer medications due to the cumbersome process for approvals.     read more

  • Beyond Pink Ribbons to Breast Cancer Prevention

    November 29, 2013

    Pink's dirty little secret: All of this awareness-building has not led to fewer breast cancer diagnoses. On that count, the score card is grim. An alarming 1 in 9 women will be diagnosed with the disease in her lifetime. (Often, 1 in 8 if you live in a highly industrialized community) That represents a 40 percent increase in just a generation. Let's call it what it is - an epidemic! and Change the Conversation to prevention!                      read more...
         

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