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4,

News

2002

Cancer awareness saves pages of the calendar women will find a complete guide to self-exam-

By IZABELA ZARZYCKA

One

in

nine

women

will

be diag-

nosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Given this statistic it is likely someone that you know will

ination.

woman knows

a

If

her breasts

then she will be able to see any

changes or feel lumps that may have grown. But not all lumps are

family

point during his or

cancerous.

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

ter),

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

Breast

The

visit a doctor.

visit

could be

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

sionals.

immediately.

are hard

woman

any pain in her

Sue Richards, publisher of the Breast of Canada calendar, said a

breast

“formal breast examination

Canadian Cancer Society

is

a

a

show

good move.”

The

If

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

feels

usually

is

it

not cancer. statistics

not a sign of breast cancer, but if any pain occurs a woman should contact her doctor that pain

is

as soon as possible.

An

important fact to know is that may be hereditary.

breast cancer

To spray or not to spray By JEFF MORLEY While the federal government

is

currently debating the role of pesticides in Canada, Waterloo

region

is

considering a ban on

non-essential

would argue

pesticides.

Some

would not

that this

of new pesticide products designed for cosmetic use, phase out pesticides for which

safer

councillors

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.

Waterloo

region

should

large impact on the area, particularly

when

alternatives

available directly linking pesti-

per cent of Canadian households use herbi-

cides

cides on their lawn or garden. Golf courses and city property

the

3

1

would be affected as well. Even Conestoga’s Doon. campus, with its

own

conservative implementa-

tion of pesticides,

change

The

its

would have

to

procedures.

House of Commons Committee on the

Standing

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

exist,

these

harmful effects.

The committee

also stressed that

to

recommendations were only

for cosmetic pesticides, not those used by the agricultural industry.

The

pesticide industry counters

the argument

by saying

that a

of cosmetic pesticide use over-reaction.

is

ban an

The industry says

increases for a tive

woman

says that

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.

Ingredients,

A

pesticide

ban would also

mean

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.

a

if the rela-

was diagnosed with

breast can-

cer before the age of 50.

“Researchers have conducted indepth studies on oral contracep-

and breast cancer,” Canadian Cancer Society.

tives (the pill)

said the

Some

research has

shown a

slight

risk increase of getting breast can-

cer

if

the pill

is

used for more than

four years in a row, but other research disagrees and shows that there

is

no

risk of breast cancer

due

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

women

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

Dean

(Photo by Izabela Zarzycka)

Breast examination

cancer

is

important and

may

help

women

detect

earlier.

Richards.

Consuming food

that is

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

risk. Studies

is rare

for a

but

is

it

been a

man

to get the disease

possible.

lot

There have not

of studies done on

this

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.

Society’s

Web

site

at

www.can-

cer.caorcall 1-888-939-3333.

on new

role

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.

president

organization that helps to develop innovative leaders through a pro-

gram aimed at Canada’s brightest, most creative and energetic

very exciting,” Donald said.

is

is

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

woman

teenagers.

and parks could be overrun with weeds. However, in spite of the debate, many people are

U.S.

the

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

A

member of

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

lives

“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

is

He added

the programs run well day and there are not many problems. He has met with the faculty and says he is excited to

day

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.”

many

(Photo by Andrea Smitt

chal-

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.

Everyone

Donald.

is

being everyone.

so enthusiastic and it exciting to work with people

who

IT.

work with

to

combined the school of applied and the school of

the

“I think the best part is

able

Alberta Institute of Technology and Confederation College have also arts

IT, is

“I

is

like to learn

am

and teach,” said

looking forward to evalu-

new dean

of applied arts at

ating programs and tunities.

all

The media

the oppoi

area

is

technical and the strategies are

les dii

he said, adding, “Me^i studies is a smaller, more focuto group with different people, whic ferent,”

is

a good thing.

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