Upcoming Cancer Events
- National Men’s Health Week, June 9-15. It is the perfect time to talk to Dad’s about staying healthy. Check out the tips and information– including sending e-cards to the men in your life at the American Cancer Society site to remind them about prevention and early detection.
- The Safeway Father’s Day Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer is a national event honouring Canadian Dads – past and present. On Sunday, June 15th, 2008.
- The Tenth Annual Do It For Dad. Sunday, June 15th, 2008. Vancouver, BC. “Register your family, your team or yourself today and join hundreds of other runners, walkers and volunteers as we lace up our sneakers for the 10th Annual Do It For Dad at Royal Roads University! All money raised from Do It For Dad stays on Vancouver Island to help The Prostate Centre fund prostate cancer research and help promote prostate health awareness.”
- 4th Annual- Challenge Cancer 5k RUN & RACE Walk & 1.5 Mile Fitness Walk and & Kids Half Mile Challenge. Saturday, June 21, 2008. St. Paul, MN. The race takes place around Como Lake. “Celebrating Active Cancer Survivors.”
Important Health News:
Information updated June 12, 2008
The CDC is collaborating with public health officials in many states, the Indian Health Service, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate an ongoing multi-state outbreak of human Salmonella serotype Saintpaul infections.
At this time, FDA is advising U.S. consumers to limit their tomato consumption to those that are not the likely source of this outbreak. These include cherry tomatoes; grape tomatoes; tomatoes sold with the vine still attached; tomatoes grown at home; and raw red plum, red Roma, and round red tomatoes from specific sources listed at their site. Consumers should be aware that raw tomatoes are often used in the preparation of fresh salsa, guacamole, and pico de gallo, are part of fillings for tortillas, and are used in many other dishes.
Customers everywhere are advised to:
- Refrigerate within 2 hours or discard cut, peeled, or cooked tomatoes.
- Avoid purchasing bruised or damaged tomatoes and discard any that appear spoiled.
- Thoroughly wash all tomatoes under running water.
- Keep tomatoes that will be consumed raw separate from raw meats, raw seafood, and raw produce items.
- Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and counter tops with hot water and soap when switching between types of food products.
FDA recommends that U.S. retail outlets, restaurants, and food service operators offer only fresh and fresh cut red plum, red Roma, and round red tomatoes and food products made from these tomatoes from specific sources listed on their site. Cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, and tomatoes sold with the vine still attached from any source may be offered.
Cancer Headline News:
The Canadian Press, June 11, 2008. New Colorectal Cancer Screening Research Trial Approved in Saskatchewan. “A new screening research trial supported by the Saskatchewan Health Department is scheduled to begin in the next two weeks. The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and Phenomenome Discoveries have collaborated to develop a clinical trial protocol to evaluate Phenomenome’s new serum test for colorectal cancer risk screening, discovered at Phenomenome’s lab in Saskatoon.”
Canada.com, June 11, 2008. Cancer study to track 300,000 Canadians over 30 years. “A health organization funded by the federal government has launched a massive new study that will track hundreds of thousands of Canadians over the coming decades to determine the causes of cancer.”
Reuters UK, June 10, 2008. Death risk charts put smoking harm in perspective. “Smoking shortens a person’s life by 5 to 10 years, according to the authors of a set of simple charts spelling out death risks from various causes. ”
ScienceDaily, June 10, 2008. Managing symptoms by mobile phone may revolutionalize cancer care for young people. “Researchers are harnessing the powers of digital communications technology to help young cancer patients at home manage the side-effects caused by chemotherapy. ”
Wired . com, June 7, 2008. Experimental drug makes the immune system revolt against cancer. “On Thursday, Micromet Inc. announced that its experimental drug, MT103, had impressive results in a test upon seven Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma patients. All of them had failed at least three conventional treatments, but showed signs of recovery after receiving doses of a two-headed antibod.”