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An Ounce e-Newsletter (Fall 2009)

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Did you know there is evidence linking pesticide use with Parkinson's disease, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, lung cancers, and cancer of the prostate, brain, pancreas, kidney and stomach? However, Health Canada claims that these products are safe if used as labeled.


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Using a Blackberry? Be Cancer-Smart About It!

cellphoneBy Diana Daghofer, Co-Chair, Prevent Cancer Now

In the Fall 2008 edition of An Ounce, Magda Havas, one of Canada’s top experts on electromagnetic radiation (EMR), explained the links between cell phone use and cancer. Now the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in Washington has published some excellent research rating the EMR emissions of most major brands.

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Asbestos: Mr. Harper’s really scary promise

The Liberal party now clearly supports the overwhelming call from inside and outside our borders to ban the export of carcinogenic chrysotile asbestos from Canada. That leaves just two federal party leaders – Conservative PM Stephen Harper and Gilles Duceppe of the Bloc Québecois – as the dinosaurs on this critical issue.

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Cancer, conferences & big drug $$$

Interesting that the giant pharma company Pfizer Inc. was the major sponsor of a national cancer conference in Ottawa, September 23-26, called Go Public: The Global Leadership Program for Cancer Control. It’s a great way to extend a generous helping hand to events like this one – and get some very good PR to boot.

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Ban pesticides in your community

Canadians are speaking out across the country – they want their communities and provinces to regulate pesticides for residential and public spaces. They are calling for regulations to ban the sale and use of these products to the public – and to be effectively enforced.

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Triclosan: it’s in you, and now dolphins too

All those anti-bacterial soaps you squirt on your hands to kill germs dead? The bug-killing compound of choice is usually triclosan, which isn’t just in liquid hand soaps, but also an ingredient in more than 700 consumer products, including toothpastes, laundry detergents, cosmetics and deodorants.

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What else is in your cosmetics?

We use soaps, shampoo, bodywash, detergents on a regular basis and what’s all-too-common in all these products is a toxic chemical called 1,4-dioxane. This is not an intentional ingredient, but an accidental by-product of the ethoxylation process (which makes products more water soluble) in the manufacture of cosmetics and personal care items.

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Some great new films …

Here are three new documentaries to watch out for, with some coming soon to a DVD near you!

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Canadian wins prestigious book award

Alberta writer and environmentalist Andrew Nikiforuk has been awarded the 8th annual Rachel Carson Environment Book Award from the U.S.-based Society of Environmental Journalists.

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Rx for CCS’s new prevention statement: Have a Red Bull or two…

We asked the Canadian Cancer Society a whole lot of specific questions in late June about fresh directions it will be taking to prevent cancer, now that Peter Goodhand has stepped in as CCS’s new CEO, replacing Dr. Barbara Whylie, who retired in April.

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As a supporter of cancer prevention, you likely have a personal link to the disease. What is your story? Why do you believe prevention is the answer? Please share your thoughts. We would like to profile peoples’ reasons for focusing on prevention on our website. Send your story to: info@preventcancernow.ca

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