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An Ounce - Fall 2011

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Did you know that only 2% of cancer research is devoted to primary prevention! How can we hope to turn the tide on cancer if so little emphasis is put to prevention?


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Canada at heart of global asbestos lobby

By Kathleen Ruff

Canada was in the world spotlight earlier this year, when our government refused to allow chrysotile asbestos to be put on a UN list of hazardous substances. Both in the House of Commons and at the UN, Prime Minister Harper and his ministers refused to answer increasingly exasperated questions as to its reason for blocking the listing. Instead, over and over, the government repeated the following words: “For thirty years, Canada has promoted the safe, controlled use of asbestos at home and overseas.”

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Group invokes spirit of John Lennon to ‘ Give People a Chance’, calls for a clear symbol on all products that contain carcinogens

By Beverley Thorpe, BCAM volunteer and Co-Director of Clean Production Action

I never thought I’d be lying in the bedroom of the John Lennon and Yoko Ono suite at the Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montreal on October 6, 2011. But there I was having a 1969 redux ‘bed in’ – this time for peace, activism and cancer prevention.

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“Prevention is the Cure” presentation now freely available to public

By Jake Cole

Available to the public in the Ottawa region, “Prevention Is The Cure” is a new multi-media presentation which explains the top 12 steps to avoid cancer. In addition to covering the steps many of us already know – eat an organic, plant-based diet, exercise and don’t smoke. It also presents ways to further eliminate cancer-causing agents – in cleansers, cosmetics and other products, it also demonstrates the need for people to work together to reduce environmental carcinogens in our air, our food, and our water, in our homes and at our workplaces.

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Making Decisions…Without All the Facts

By Diana Daghofer

How do you make the important health decisions in your life? Do you have a particular approach, or does it depend on the question? Do you make ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ list? Ask trusted friends or colleagues? Opt for quiet reflection or a ‘gut feeling’? Many people will look for the evidence – what does the research say?

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My story

By Bridget Leslie

I was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago at age 44. I had just finished a Masters’ degree and was about to start exploring new career challenges and options. Needless to say, that was put on hold while I went through 1 1/2 years of treatment, mastectomy, chemo, radiation and Herceptin.

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Dying too early

By Suzanne Elston

Dave Martin was a hard person to be around. He had a driving intelligence and a laugh that would peel wallpaper and wake sleeping babies. He had a seemingly endless amount of energy and burning drive to protect the planet from the perils of the nuclear industry and climate change. I would be hard pressed to call Dave my friend. Comrade-in-arms, ecological conscience and teacher – all of these would be so much more appropriate.

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PCN incineration campaign update

By Linda Gasser, PCN Incineration Campaign Coordinator

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Physician activism: Doctors lead Canada’s anti-pesticide movement

By Farrah Khan

Twenty years ago, in the town of Hudson Quebec, Canada’s very first pesticide by-law was passed. The law was created to protect residents – most importantly, vulnerable populations such as children, expecting mothers and the elderly – from exposure to unnecessary pesticides (including herbicides and fungicides) commonly used on lawns and gardens and in public parks. Pesticides are designed to kill and in addition to threatening human health, they also impact our ecosystems by destroying beneficial insects and plants; polluting rivers, streams and aquatic life; and contaminating our soil.

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Scented laundry products emit hazardous chemicals through dryer vents

By PCN Staff

Anne Steinemann, the University of Washington researcher who used chemical sleuthing to deduce what’s in fragranced consumer products now has turned her attention to the scented air wafting from household laundry vents.

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Support Prevent Cancer Now Today – We Need You!

By PCN Staff

Please consider making a donation today to Prevent Cancer Now – we need you! Your donation will help us work towards eliminating the preventable causes of cancer, through education, advocacy and promotion of prevention research.

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Important Notice: PCN has a new Facebook page!

By PCN Staff

Facebook is phasing out all older “Facebook groups” (including ours).

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PCN shorts

By PCN Staff

Read up on some of the other stories we have been following!

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