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“Doing the Ride gives those of us who are clinicians and staff at the Cross Cancer Institute the ability to connect to the effort against cancer as it happens outside of the Cross Cancer Institute’s walls. It also gives survivors and their friends and family a venue to be a part of the care effort we deliver at the Cross Cancer Institute in the battle against this disease,” says Winston.
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Winston and his team carry that motivation with them during every Thursday and Sunday when the team goes on their training rides. So far, Team CCI has raised $105,000 this year alone and they’re not about to let anything slow them down, including chafing.
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“We are urging teammates to get in as much time on their bike saddles as they can before the event,” explains Winston.
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Winston also recommends bib shorts, chamois butter, and “vitamin I” (ibuprofen) to his teammates in order to combat any chafing on the day of the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.
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We’d like to thank every member of Team CCI for everything they do to create more moments for Albertans facing cancer. If you are interested in helping Team CCI reach their goal of raising over $150,000 to make life better for Albertans facing cancer, please visit their donation page on the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer website.

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Team Cross Cancer Institute Unites From Three Different Provinces for an Incredible Cause
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Meet Team Cross Cancer Institute (Team CCI). They are about to cycle over 200km in the ninth annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer to make a difference for cancer patients across Alberta. Dedicated? They are! This team of over 40 individuals brings a whole new meaning to the word “strong.”
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While this amazing group of 40 fearless Riders includes physicians, nurses, therapists and staff from the Cross Cancer Institute, the majority of Team CCI are survivors and loved ones of cancer patients from Northern Alberta, North Red Deer, the Northwest Territories and Northern B.C. Regardless of where they come from, every member of the team has some connection to cancer and the Cross Cancer Institute, be it professional, personal, or both. And, they are eager to make a difference!
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This team is led by Co-Captain, Winston Poon, a radiation therapist at the Cross Cancer Institute and a nine-time rider, and Co-Captain Brian Kiely, a Unitarian Church Minister and 6-time rider!
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We had the opportunity to chat with Winston to learn more about his long-term support of the Ride. When asked, “If you could pick anyone to meet you at the finish line, no matter the circumstance, who would it be?”
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Winston answered, “Seeing all of the survivors that we have helped and the families of those who we ride in memory of during the entire weekend, unified for one cause…”
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We couldn’t agree more.

Social interaction could boost chemotherapy's effectiveness
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An observational study conducted in the U.K. discovered that cancer patients, who received positive social support during the exact moments of greatest stress, could increase their survival odds. This is because researchers believe an excessive buildup of stress hormones, such as adrenaline, may lower a patient’s chance of survival. Social interaction may help to relieve that stress.
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The study also concluded that the impact of social interaction with hospital visitors would most likely prove to be just as beneficial as interacting with fellow patients.
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Source: Medical News Today

Cancer Prevention and Tomatoes
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Daily tomato consumption appeared to cut the development of skin cancer tumours by half in a mouse study at Ohio State University. The theory is that the pigmenting compounds, which give tomatoes their colour, could be protective against damaging UV light.
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The study found that mice who were fed a diet of 10 per cent tomato powder daily for 35 weeks, and where then exposed to ultraviolet light, had a 50 percent decrease in skin cancer tumors compared to mice that ate no dehydrated tomato.
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Although scientists are far from recommending the same tomato diet for people, this is progressive research for the skin cancer world.
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Tonight could be the night to make a fresh tomato pasta sauce or slip some cherry tomatoes into a salad.
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Source: Science Daily

Cancer and Exercise
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Undergoing cancer treatment can leave patients feeling completely drained of energy. Hopefully, there will be times when patients do have more energy and want to get active.
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As the American Physical Therapy Association explains, there are many reasons why exercising while going through cancer treatment is good for you. Exercise during cancer treatment can:
1) Reduce fatigue
2) Increase muscle strength
3) Reduce stress
4) Prevent swelling
5) Relieve pain
6) Prevent weight gain
7) Reduce brain fog
8) Minimize bone density loss
9) Improve outcomes
10) Improve mood
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For more details go to the link in our bio.
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Source: Move Forward – Physical Therapy Brings Motion to Life

Head and neck cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer in Canada and is the seventh leading cause of cancer-related mortality across the globe. In Canada, more than 4,300 people will be diagnosed with HNC this year, and nearly 1,610 will pass away from the disease.
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The main risk factors for HNC are smoking and alcohol consumption; however, 25 per cent of HNC cases occur in people with no history of tobacco or alcohol use. Increased age can also be a risk factor for HNC, but it can occur at any age.
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Much progress has been made over the past two decades in detecting HNC cancer earlier and discovering less invasive treatment options. Still, there is much more to be done as many patients continue to suffer long-term consequences of treatment. Some patients may lose all or part of their tongue or jaw. Others may need to have their eye, nose or ear surgically removed. Some lose their voice or the ability to swallow effectively. And many will have life-long challenges speaking, eating, and enjoying normal social experiences.
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At Alberta Cancer Foundation we have made HNC one of our investment priorities.
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Follow the link in our bio to read about our most recent case and to donate to this specific cause.

People undergoing cancer treatment often have fatigue. It’s the most common symptom amongst cancer patients, and unlike normal fatigue it does not get better with rest or sleep.
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“78 to 90 per cent of patients will have cancer-relate fatigue at some point in their journey,” says Dr. Joel Gingerich, “Many will say it was one of the most distressing symptoms they experience in their journey.”
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It’s a physically and mentally debilitating issue. Patients have issues around sticking to tasks and focusing in general. Many who suffer from cancer-related fatigue will sleep for many hours, and wake up not feeling refreshed or restored.
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My Health Alberta, patients and cancer experts created a video series to help people better understand cancer-related fatigue. These videos give helpful advice to live well, despite having cancer-related fatigue, centered on the following categories:
• Being active
• Eating well
• Improving sleep
• Managing stress
• Finding support
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Link to video series in bio
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Source: MyHealth.Alberta.ca

Catching Up With the tom Baker cancer Conquerors
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Yup, that’s right, they’re back again! Team Tom Baker Cancer Conquerors are gearing up for the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer and this year they will be entering the Rride with over 120 teammates made up of physicians, nurses, patients and community members all dedicated to supporting cancer research and care at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.
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“Each individual has a personal story to tell, but we share the common goal of supporting clinical trials and ultimately searching for a cure,” says team captain Dr. Nancy Nixon, Breast Oncology Research Fellow at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.
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Dr. Nixon is one of four team captains of the Tom Baker Cancer Conquerors, which includes Scott Schroeder, Director of Marketing & Physician Relations, EFW Radiology; Elaine Bruce, cancer survivor and 6-time Rider; and Hall Murdoch, CPA, CA, Partner, MNP LLP.
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The team has held several different fundraisers in order to make the biggest impact possible for cancer patients across Alberta including a team BBQ, a comedy show, exercises classes and silent auctions.
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At this point the team has raised over $229,300, and they continue to work towards their fundraising goal of $500,000. As the Tom Baker Cancer Conquerors train and prepare for the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, they are united in their anticipation for the moment when they will be immersed in the incredible energy of Ride Day.
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“We all come together as a community, and it’s a truly powerful experience,” says Dr. Nancy Nixon.
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After the Ride, the Tom Baker Cancer Conquerors plan on enjoying a liquid reward together (a.k.a a cold beer!) back at camp to celebrate the difference they have made possible.
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If you are interested in helping the Tom Baker Cancer Conquerors reach their goal of raising $500,000 to make life better for Albertans facing cancer, please visit their donation page. Link in bio.

Excess body weight and obesity play a part in many types of cancer. By keeping a healthy body weight one could potential prevent those types of cancer.
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Some ways that scientists think excess body weight leads to cancer are:
• When there is excess body weight, cells don’t respond as well to insulin. To make up for this, the body makes more insulin. But higher levels of insulin also help cancer cells grow.
• Fat tissue produces estrogen and estrogen promotes some cancers to grow. This includes breast cancer and endometrial cancer. Other hormones produced by fat tissue, (e.g. adipokines,) can have a similar effect on cell growth.
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Alberta Health Services recommends that people keep their waist circumference under the following limits:
• Men less than 102 cm (40 inches)
• Women less than 88 cm (35 inches)
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Learning what your body mass index is can help you determine whether or not you’re at a healthy weigh. BMI is often used to estimate whether people have excess fat tissue that is putting them at risk of cancer and other conditions. BMI takes into account a person’s height and weight. BMI calculators can be found online by typing "BMI calculator," into a search engine.
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Source: Alberta Prevents Cancer

If you find yourself gearing up for a weekend of fun in the sun, you may want to consider what researchers discovered at the University of Liverpool. A recent study asked 57 people to apply sunscreen to their faces, but gave them no further instruction.
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By using a UV-sensitive camera, the researchers were able to determine how well the participants applied their sunscreen. They found that three quarters failed to apply any to the area between the inner corner of the eye and the bridge of the nose. They also found that many of the participants didn’t apply sunscreen to their eye lids.
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The researchers believe this is due to warnings on sunscreen bottles telling people to avoid applying lotion near their eyes and mouth; however, these are key areas making up around a tenth of the face. _____
Experts are encouraging people to go back to the basics with head-to-toe smothering of SPF 30 sunscreen because the regions that people are missing are the common sites of skin cancer. They also recommend wearing sunglasses to protect the highly cancer-prone eyelids and corneas from UV damage.
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Source: The Telegraph

Body Image and Sexuality: Cancer
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Body image is a part of individual sexual identity. It relates to how people feel about themselves and if there are changes to the way people look, it can affect how they feel.
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Cancer can affect a person’s body image after treatment because their body goes through changes. These changes to the body may be temporary or permanent, but they’re all related to a change in your body image. Some examples are:
• body changes from surgery
• hair loss
• weight loss or gain
• having a stoma
• lymphedema
• decreased sensation
• loss of body parts or organs
• scars • fatigue, loss of stamina, or loss of energy
• changes in how the sex organs work
• treatment-induced menopause
• feeling differently about how you look
• feeling like your partner has changed their feelings about you
• worry about dating and what future partners will think about you
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It’s common for your confidence to change after you’ve had cancer. Some people feel like their body let them down by getting sick. The more you can see your body for what it is and realize that you made it through your cancer treatment, the more helpful it can be.
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Sometimes roles in relationships can also change. This might mean that you’re more dependent on your partner for a while. This can also affect how people feel about themselves.
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Changes in self-image are common, but they aren’t always permanent. The more open you are to talk about it with your friends and family, the less isolated you’ll feel dealing with the changes.
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An important fact to realize is that these feeling are common and there are people who can help. OASIS is a great place to seek help. Their services help teach people who have had cancer to learn how treatment may affect the body, mind and relationships in relation to sexuality.
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Source: MyHealthAlberta.caLink to OASIS in bio

Cancers that are more commonly linked to alcohol are:
• Colorectal Cancer
• Breast Cancer
• Oral Cancer
• Esophageal Cancer
• Liver Cancer
• Laryngeal Cancer
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The Canadian Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines take into account the heart health benefits of low levels of alcohol consumption and the risk of other health concerns including cancer. These Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines recommend that:
• Women should rink no more than 10 drinks a week and no more than two drinks a day most days.
• Men should drink no more than 15 drinks a week and no more than three drinks a day most days.

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