How you can help end cancer

Cancer’s effect on Canadians is staggering’and Best Health is trying to make a difference. Learn how you can help, too, plus check out our articles on cancer prevention and treatment

How you can help end cancer

Source: Web exclusive: May 2009

Editor’s note: We did it! Check out our pictures from the 2009 Weekend to End Breast Cancer in Toronto.

This year, Best Health has partnered with the Weekend to End Breast Cancer to help raise money for research and treatment’and to raise awareness, too. Best Health editor Bonnie Munday and web editor Kat Tancock will be participating in the 60 km walk in Toronto on September 12 and 13, and we’ll be handing out copies of Best Health at events across the country.

But we can’t do it all ourselves’we need your help. Find out how you can participate below. Plus, we’ve collected all of our articles about preventing and treating cancer so you can find them in one place. And check out the video below with more information on the event’it’s a great introduction to the issues that you can send around to friends and potential donors.

How you can help us help end cancer

Donate to our team
Help us reach and even exceed our fundraising goals by giving a donation in Best Health’s name. (Even $10 will help’and you’ll get a tax receipt!)

Subscribe to Best Health
Subscribe as part of our special Weekend offer and with every paid subscription, we’ll donate $2 to cancer research and treatment.

Spread the word
Send this page to all your friends and family so they can help contribute to this worthy cause.

Tell us your story
How have you been affected by cancer? Tell us your story and we may publish it online or in the magazine. (Get inspired by Jordan, a breast cancer survivor who blogged for us last year.)

Join the walk
You can walk, too! Events are held in six cities across the country. Find out how to participate at

Come and meet us!
Are you participating in the Toronto event? Bonnie and Kat would love to meet you. Just contact us and we can walk together’you can even join our team.

More on The Weekend to End Breast Cancer

"I survived breast cancer’twice."
Repeat diagnoses of breast cancer and subsequent treatment taught Sylvie Grégoire to slow down and find her inner strength’and to help other women going through the same ordeal.

Weekend warriors
The Weekend to End Breast Cancer event provides camaraderie and a sense of empowerment over the disease for these women.

Blog: Tips for painless long-distance walking
Find out how to prevent blisters and other nasty side effects of walking long distances.

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer: Photos from Ottawa
Ottawa was the first of six Canadian cities to host the Weekend to End Breast Cancer in 2009, and Best Health was there. Here are some shots from the event.

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer: What’s it all about?
Walking 60 km in two days to raise money for breast cancer research may sound daunting, but it’s become a winning combination for thousands of Canadians. And this year, the research dollars are going wider.

Making a contribution

A promising breast cancer program worth supporting
PYNK helps women under 40 navigate breast-cancer treatment while helping to preserve their fertility, sanity and more.

Host a Yard Sale for the Cure
Need an excuse to purge the clutter? Sign up to host a Yard Sale for the Cure and you can clean house while raising money for the fight against breast cancer.

Cancer: Reducing your risk

Prevent cancer with good nutrition
You can reduce your risk of getting cancer by choosing the right foods’here’s how.

10 ways to cut your cancer risk
Easy lifestyle changes that will reduce your risk of getting cancer.

Prostate cancer: How diet and lifestyle can reduce his risk
Getting screened is important. So is taking a few easy measures to prevent prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men.

From the Best Health Blog

The cancer and nutrition link
Foods that fight cancer
A drink a day ups cancer risk in women
An egg a day may keep breast cancer away
Fight cancer with these tasty and healthy broccoli recipes
Exercise helps prevent breast cancer

Cancer 101

The 5 deadliest cancers for women
We are at war with cancer every day, and it’s often an uphill battle. The good news is that more battles are being won. But we need to be aware of which types of cancer hit women hardest, and what is being done to fight them.

Cancer is a disease that occurs when body cells grow out of control. Many of the 200 different types of cancer can be successfully treated, but medical research continues to seek absolute cures.

Breast cancer
If you’re among the hundreds of thousands of women diagnosed with breast cancer this year, you have a good chance of beating this disease’much better than just a decade ago. The tough part may be sorting through all the options now available.

Breast cancer: What is DCIS and how is it treated?
One common form of breast cancer, called DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ), has a low rate of invasiveness ‘ only 10 percent. Read about what DCIS is and why a diagnosis means you may not need to panic.

Cervical cancer
Cervical cancer is potentially preventable, because it has a precancerous stage.

Colon cancer
Few things are as scary as learning you have cancer. But, more and more people are surviving this disease, including colon cancer, many with complete recovery and cure.

Lung cancer
It’s probably no surprise to learn that smoking causes about 90% of all primary lung cancers’meaning those that originate in the lungs. But lung cancer can also result from exposure to air pollution or industrial toxins such as asbestos or radon.

Ovarian cancer
Ovarian cancer is hard to detect because there are no early symptoms, and later ones are vague and can mimic common disorders.

Skin cancer
The skin is composed of many different types of cells’basal cells, squamous cells, melanocytes, others’that naturally grow and slough off over time. A diagnosis of skin cancer means some of these cells have become abnormal (or mutated) and are starting to reproduce out of control.

Uterine cancer
Cancer of the uterus is a disease that tends to affect women after menopause

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