2 in 5 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime and about 1 in 4 Canadians will die of cancer.
In 2013, it is estimated that 187,600 Canadians will develop cancer and 75,500 will die of cancer.  April is Daffodil Month. The daffodil is considered a symbol of strength and courage by the Canadian Cancer Society. Funds raised during Daffodil Month are used to lend a helping hand for families and those receiving treatment for cancer, fund lifesaving clinical trials, advocate for cancer patients and provide access to services in your community.
For more information on Daffodil Month, check this information from the Canadian Cancer Society.
There are a number of factors that contribute to whether you are susceptible to cancer. You can help minimize your risk by:
- Quitting smoking and limiting your exposure to second hand smoke.
- Eating a healthy diet with lots of vegetables, fruit and fibre with little fat and sugar.
- Maintaining a healthy body weight.
- Keeping physical activity as an important part of your day with at least 30 minutes of moderate activity a day.
- Reducing your alcohol intake.
- Being safe in the sun by covering up, wearing sunglasses, using sunscreen and staying hydrated.
- Getting the right amount of Vitamin D.
- Monitoring environmental factors such as what household cleaners are being used and what residues are left behind especially if you have young infants and toddlers who spend an ample amount of time on the floor.
You know your body better than any one else as you will know what is normal for you. When cancer is found early, it is often easier to treat. Having regular checkups with your doctor will help reduce the risk of a health problem being ignored. Screening tests help find some types of cancer before you have any symptoms. Talk to your doctor to learn more about your risk of cancer and what screening tests you should have. Be sure to mention any family history of cancer.
Benefits and risks of screening:
- Better survival rates
- Better quality of life
- False positive results
- False negative results
- Increased exposure to harmful procedures
There are a number of events throughout the year all over Manitoba in support of the Canadian Cancer Society and the fight against cancer.
- Relay for Life – numerous dates based on location from May to July across the province.
- River City Dragon Boat Festival – June 6th and 7th at the Lake Shirley Water Ski Park
If you enjoy the intrinsic benefits of being a volunteer, consider supporting the Canadian Cancer Society and volunteering your time and skills to a wonderful cause. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available.
For more information about fundraising events and to access the volunteer application form, please visit www.cancer.ca.