Interact - Empower - Engage - Inspire

Interact with others

We want you to talk about cancer, actually talk about it.  For far too long, we have avoided talking about this disease by rationalizing that, “it always happens to someone else”.

We all need to confront cancer – together; Patients, survivors, caregivers, Doctors, friends, families, co-workers and neighbours all have to be active participants in facing this disease.

We all need to confront Cancer

Ask questions, answer other people’s questions, talk about it and support each other. By doing all of that, we remove some of the fear and anxiety attached to the word.

If you have cancer, don’t be afraid to ask for help and support. People want to be there for you, but sometimes they don’t know what to do or say around you.

If someone you know has cancer, reach out and support them. So often, we are afraid to connect with someone who has cancer because we don’t know what to say or we’re afraid of saying the wrong thing.  [Visit our Reaching out 101 section for more help].

If you’ve walked the ‘treatment trench’ already, consider sharing some words of wisdom in our interactive section Living Life Lounge.  Your insight on the journey you have courageously  completed will help guide others who are about to embark on it.

Empower yourself

You have the power to take control of all aspects of your journey.

Educate yourself about the type of cancer you have and how your doctors want to deal with it. Talk to your medical team, make sure you fully understand all of the treatment options and find out what you can do, as a patient, to assist in your treatment.

There are no set rules

As you make your way through your treatment plan, do whatever you need to do to help yourself feel better.  There are no set rules.  If you want to be left alone, say so. If you want company, ask for it. If you want to do nothing but watch bad TV, do it. If you want to mow your lawn, then drag that lawnmower out of the garage.

By becoming an active participant throughout the journey, you are taking control of it. Remember, millions of people have walked in your shoes. Each one found a way to empower themselves. You can do it – one day at a time.

Engage in cancer-defence mode

It may seem like cancer can’t be avoided and it’s impossible to know why one person gets cancer and another doesn’t.   However, there are things you can do to defend yourself against this disease.

We will only truly be able to fight cancer if we actively strive to understand all aspects of the illness. That includes how we develop it, how we treat it and, most importantly, how we can prevent it. Along the way we need to encourage a dialogue about it.

Prevention & Early Detection

Lifestyle changes truly can make a difference. The Canadian Cancer Society states that about half of all cancers can be prevented through healthy living. So, from this day forward, engage yourself in cancer-defence mode. Incorporate healthy anti-cancer foods into your diet,  [visit our Wellness Wire for helpful tips] explore ways to limit your exposure to environmental toxins, exercise and don’t smoke.

The next best thing to prevention is detecting cancer early so visit your doctor regularly for preventative screening and especially if you notice anything unusual about your body.

The pay off: If detected early, 90 per cent of patients can be successfully treated.*

Inspire a change in perception

Be a part of an informed generation. Inspire a new, more positive, progressive and balanced approach to how we view cancer. Over the last several decades, an unbelievable amount of progress has been made treating and preventing cancer; thanks to research and the courageous people who have participated in clinical trials. These people have pushed  scientific studies to great heights, allowing so many new treatments to become the new standard of care.

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Be inspired by these achievements and know that because of them, statistics show that incidence rates for most cancers are stabilizing or declining and mortality rates for most major cancers in Canada have declined during the past decade.

Think about this:  If Terry Fox were alive today and developed his tumour, there’s a 75 per cent chance that he’d have been cured and a 95 per cent chance his leg would not have been amputated.*

One day we will over come this disease. 
Today you can help us do it…

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