— SPOKE, November
Cancer awareness saves pages of the calendar women will find a complete guide to self-exam-
By IZABELA ZARZYCKA
nosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Given this statistic it is likely someone that you know will
then she will be able to see any
changes or feel lumps that may have grown. But not all lumps are
point during his or
An official from the Cancer Support Service said, “The only thing worse to finding a lump is not finding a lump.” Anyone finding a lump should
Canadian Cancer Society says one in 26 women die each year of this cancer and it is a “lifetime risk.” In Canada, the estimated number of women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in a day (on average) is 56 and 15 women will die each day. However, if breast cancer is detected early then it can be treated. Breast health starts with a woman’s awareness about her breasts and her overall health. There are many preventions a woman can take to avoid this type of cancer. If women know what feels normal in their breasts then they can recognize changes, said an official of the Canadian Cancer Society, which does not release the names of its spokespeople. She added women in their early 20s should be familiar with'their breasts and have annual physical exams done by
visit a doctor.
followed by an ultrasound to see if there are any abnormalities in the breast.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society more than 85 per cent of lumps are benign, meaning that they are not cancerous. But it is a good idea to have a doctor check any suspicious signs. Many women are alive and well today because their cancer was detected and treated early. While examining their breasts women should look for dimpling of the skin on the breasts or around the nipples, places where the breasts feel lumpy, areas that
their doctors or other health profes-
and thicker than the rest, and bleeding from the nipples or crusting. If any of these occur a woman should call her doctor
any pain in her
Sue Richards, publisher of the Breast of Canada calendar, said a
“formal breast examination
Canadian Cancer Society
calendcir is published to pro-
mote awareness and address the issues of breast health. This is the second year that the calendar has been published. On the first two
not cancer. statistics
not a sign of breast cancer, but if any pain occurs a woman should contact her doctor that pain
as soon as possible.
important fact to know is that may be hereditary.
To spray or not to spray By JEFF MORLEY While the federal government
currently debating the role of pesticides in Canada, Waterloo
considering a ban on
of new pesticide products designed for cosmetic use, phase out pesticides for which
and better inform the consumer about the risks involved. However, these
come to a decision by December which should have a
changes may be more difficult to implement because little proof is
necessarily be a bad thing.
large impact on the area, particularly
available directly linking pesti-
per cent of Canadian households use herbi-
cides on their lawn or garden. Golf courses and city property
would be affected as well. Even Conestoga’s Doon. campus, with its
tion of pesticides,
House of Commons Committee on the
Environment and Sustainable Development has expressed some concern over the use of pesticides. Experts have gone before the committee and outlined the risks to the environment, wildlife
also stressed that
recommendations were only
for cosmetic pesticides, not those used by the agricultural industry.
pesticide industry counters
of cosmetic pesticide use over-reaction.
The industry says
increases for a tive
if their chemicals are used as directed, they are safe.
switching to organic alternatives to repel and prevent pests.
duction, growth and the functioning of the immune system.
ban would also
a greater risk of insect infestation. Golf courses, playing fields
such as rhubarb, cayenne powder, and Tabasco sauce, can work to repel squirrels, cats and dogs.
if the rela-
was diagnosed with
cer before the age of 50.
“Researchers have conducted indepth studies on oral contracep-
and breast cancer,” Canadian Cancer Society.
tives (the pill)
risk increase of getting breast can-
used for more than
four years in a row, but other research disagrees and shows that there
risk of breast cancer
to the pill.
There are certain things that can do to lower their risks of getting breast cancer. First, choose to be a non-smoker and be aware of the dangers that come from second-hand smoke. Richards
said physical activity is important,
adding that people come up with millions of excuses as to why they do not work out. One excuse that is widely used is that working out can only happen in a gym and costs a lot of money. But, Richards says physical activity can simply mean going for a walk. Another thing that is important in lowering the risk of breast cancer is a low-fat diet, said
(Photo by Izabela Zarzycka)
high in fiber but low in fat will decrease the risk. Also, maintaining a healthy body weight is important. Also, limit the consumption of alcohol. But the most important thing that a woman can do to lower her chances of developing breast cancer is to make sure that she knows her breasts and that she reports any changes to her doctor. Women are not the. only ones at
of IT takes
have shown that men can also develope breast cancer. It
to get the disease
There have not
of studies done on
Canadian Cancer Society statistics show that 20,500 women will develop breast cancer compared to 140 men a year. For more information on breast cancer visit the Canadian Cancer subject.
By ANDREA SMITH Conestoga College’s dean of information technology is now the dean of applied arts as well. John Donald has been an admindean level for two years and has been the dean of information technology (IT) for one and a half years. As dean of applied arts he istrator at the
replaces Pat St. John, who was also vice-president of corporate training and public relations for
John left to become and CEO of Shad International, a Waterloo-based five years. St.
organization that helps to develop innovative leaders through a pro-
gram aimed at Canada’s brightest, most creative and energetic
very exciting,” Donald said.
then the risks of being diagnosed with breast cancer increases, but if the relative is second-degree (aunt or grandmother), then the risks are lower. However, the risk
approved by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, which is currently managed by Health Canada. The industry also pesticide
of Canada say pesticides affect neurological development, repro-
National Cancer Institute survey found that children with leukemia are six times
and parks could be overrun with weeds. However, in spite of the debate, many people are
they undergo a stringent regulatory process. Moreover, each
and children. The CBC Web site, www.cbc.ca, reported that the Ontario College of Family Physicians, the Canadian Public Health Association and the Learning Disabilities Association
first-degree relative (mother or sis^
more likely to come from homes where pesticides were used. The committee would like to see the government stop approval
“Family risk of breast cancer can be quite different depending on which relative has had breast cancer,” the Canadian Cancer Society official said. For example, if the
experience breast cancer at
some her life. The
“I think the
media studies area
the programs run well day and there are not many problems. He has met with the faculty and says he is excited to
work with them. “I think the faculty are also excited about working with me,” he said. “Most of them have been here (or in the profession) for
years so there are not lenges.”
(Photo by Andrea Smitt
Donald has a PhD in civil engineering and has been working in the IT industry for eight years. Other colleges like the Northern
John Donald, dean of Conestoga College.
so enthusiastic and it exciting to work with people
combined the school of applied and the school of
“I think the best part is
Alberta Institute of Technology and Confederation College have also arts
like to learn
and teach,” said
looking forward to evalu-
of applied arts at
ating programs and tunities.
technical and the strategies are
he said, adding, “Me^i studies is a smaller, more focuto group with different people, whic ferent,”
a good thing.