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Let’s Chat About: Your Colon by Helen Peterson

Colorectal cancer is a devastating disease that invades the large intestine of approximately 22,000 Canadians each year, according to the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. To remedy this cancer, most people undergo painful surgeries and invasive chemotherapy/radiation regimens

designed to keep the cancer at bay. It is a cancer that presents no signs and symptoms early on, and can grow undetected long before a problem is noticed. And when symptoms do occur – diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, unexplained weight loss, bloody stools – they are not much different from symptoms of other cancers; these symptoms are very vague and indicative of a vast number of other illnesses as well.

Colorectal cancer does not discriminate, and even the healthiest individual can develop the disease. However, there are several lifestyle factors which you can control to help prevent this ailment. These include, but are not limited to: diet; nutrition and supplementation; body weight / body mass index; metabolic syndrome; and factors like smoking or alcohol consumption. The single best way to prevent colorec-

tal cancer is to get screened for the disease—and screened regularly. Since colorectal cancer almost always develops from a non-cancerous growth called a polyp, when polyps are detected early they can be removed and the disease can be avoided. In fact, colorectal cancer is over 90 per cent preventable with screening.

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Finding the right words may not seem easy, but a simple conversation about getting checked for colon cancer can save a life. A recent poll by Leger Marketing reports nearly half of Canadians 50 to 74 are not comfortable suggesting loved ones get checked for colon cancer, because they are afraid of embarrassing them. They shouldn’t let this stop them. The poll also showed that Canadians would rather talk about getting checked for colon cancer than about relationship problems, weight loss or money. While colon cancer is highly treatable if caught early, it is still currently the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Canada. We can help change that by encouraging our friends and family over age 50 to speak to their doctors about getting checked for colon cancer. Talk to your doctor, your family, your children, your partner and your friends. Spread the word about getting checked. According to recent stats, 45 per cent of women feel most comfortable discussing health topics with a friend. “Who says that talking about the health of your colon is awkward?” asks Stuart Knight, author of You Should Have Asked – The Art of Powerful Conversation. “Unfounded fears have hindered us from having ‘colonversations’ with loved ones even though they can change the course of our lives, and even enrich relationships. We want people to talk colon health with one another. It could save a life.” The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s National Colorectal Cancer

Screening Network recently launched a new awareness campaign devoted entirely to getting people talking about colon cancer screening. The first of its kind, the “colonversation” campaign includes an important new national web site – www.colonversation.ca. “Like going to the dentist or checking blood pressure, completing a colon screening test at least every two years should be part of a regular health routine for Canadians over 50,” says Heather Bryant, vice-president of cancer control for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. “We want Canadians to have ‘colonversations’ with their loved ones over 50, encouraging them to ask their doctors for a simple screening test that they can do at home.” There are a number of tests – such as a stool test– that can check for signs of colon cancer before you have any symptoms. The stool test is a simple at-home test, which should take place every two years for people over 50. Studies show that screening with this test every two years reduced death from colorectal cancer by 16 per cent over a decade. For more information on getting checked for colon cancer go to www. colonversation.ca. Additional resources are available through the Canadian Cancer Society (accessed toll-free at 1888-939-3333 or online at www.cancer. ca) or through the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (1-877-502-6566 or online at www.colorectal-cancer.ca). Article courtesy Newscanada.com.


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See Your Garden Grow, Naturally Pluck a sun-warmed tomato and bite into it, juicy and delicious. Harvest a handful of fresh chives to top a baked potato or soup. Or thinly slice a few red and white radishes to add a colourful kick to a salad or sandwich. Gardening at any age is rewarding. And the rewards taste delicious. “You don’t realize how much you have Mother Nature on your side. Those seeds want to grow,” says Susan Antler, executive director of the Compost Council of Canada and advocate of the Plant a Row - Grow a Row program, which suggests growing vegetables for yourself plus extra for charities such as local food banks. “You can reap the rewards, both for yourself and for those around you.” Indeed, it’s already July, but it isn’t too late to reap the tasty benefits of summer, whether you’re a neophyte green thumb or someone who’s been planting for decades. Plant a few vegetables in pots on your patio. Or find a sunny, grass-free patch in your yard. Or borrow a corner of your neighbour’s digs. You can even intersperse vegetable plants in your

flower beds, in the back or front yards. “No longer are vegetables relegated just to your veggie patch. They can grow anywhere,” Antler says. “People are combining the beauty of vegetables -Swiss chard, herbs, tomatoes -with the beauty of flowers.” Antler promises with some love, sun, shelter and water, you’ll enjoy fresh vegetables in the fall, and perhaps even sooner.

Tomatoes Don’t bother planting seeds this time of the year. Instead, buy one of those patio plants, a big tomato plant in a bucket that you can stick in a sheltered spot outdoors or water well on your deck. “Tomatoes are the big mama. Everyone loves tomatoes,” says Antler. “Just make sure there’s lots of good soil.” (In other words, add compost.)

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Carrots & Potatoes You’ll need space, but if you plant enough, you can enjoy them long into the winter.

Zucchini Whether you start your plants from seeds or seedlings (at many garden centres), you can use these pretty green squash in everything from stir-fries to chocolate cake. And remember, if your plants produce more than you can handle, give them away to the food bank or neighbours or friends.

Green Onions One of the easiest plants to grow, the bulbs can be stuck in the ground, root side down. Water and wait; trim the tops as needed for your salads or baked potatoes.

Peas & Beans

Peppers

Go big and plant as many kinds as you can find. (Scarlet Runner Beans are a perennial favourite because of their pretty flowers.) Or go small; a handful of seeds tucked into flowerpots will likely produce a tiny harvest. “There’s nothing better than fresh peas,” says Antler. “To be able to just take them from your own yard and cook them up or pop them in a salad - it’s just so easy.”

A challenge for any gardener, pepper plants will need plenty of heat (even at night) and a long growing season. This time of year, look for small plants, and be prepared to give them lots of love.

Herbs Buy pots of chives, cilantro, mint and basil to make pesto or add extra flavour to salads. Above all, just

enjoy the process of growing something that’s good for you, says Antler. “You’re the nurturer and the caretaker,” says Antler. “And you’ll reap the rewards, both for yourself and for those around you.”

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Oakridge Centre is happy to showcase these great movies during Seniors’ Cinema at the Empire Theatre, located inside the shopping centre’s Atrium at 41st and Cambie. Coming up: “State of Play at 1 pm on Wed. July 7 and “Duplicity” on Wed. Aug. 4 at 1 pm. A fundraiser for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, seniors 55 and older are invited to see big screen films by donation (min. is $2 per person; tickets at the door). www. oakridgecentre.com; seniors’ centre: 604263-1833.

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Say goodbye to bland, predictable food offerings. As does everyone, seniors need delicious, nutritious meals to keep healthy. And having social interaction when dining is also beneficial for health and happiness. Many of Vancouver’s seniors’ residences like Arbutus Manor or Cavell Gardens have drop-in events where you can try a multitude of tasty treats. And with the World Cup in full gear, The Courier unveils international cuisine options that seniors can enjoy, at reasonable prices. Kitsilano Community Centre on West 12th Ave. has many special events, computer classes, social groups as well as dance and fitness programs, geared at seniors, and running throughout the year. “There’s something for everyone,” says recreation programmer Cathy Almaas., “and new for this year, we’re going ‘down under.’” “Australia Month” at Kits Community Centre is part of the plan where each month seniors celebrate and learn about a different country. For more information and/or to register, call Kits CC at 604-257-6976. This month, Aussiethemed events include: • Presentation: Wed. July 7, 2 to 3 pm, $2

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The Colon ‘Conversation’ Finding the right words may not seem easy, but a simple conversation about getting checked for colon cancer can save a life. A recent poll by Leger Marketing reports nearly half of Canadians 50 to 74 are not comfortable suggesting loved ones get checked for colon cancer, because they are afraid of embarrassing them. They shouldn’t let this stop them. The poll also showed that Canadians would rather talk about getting checked for colon cancer than about relationship problems, weight loss or money. While colon cancer is highly treatable if caught early, it is still currently the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Canada. We can help change that by encouraging our friends and family over age 50 to speak to their doctors about getting checked for colon cancer. Talk to your doctor, your family, your children, your partner and your friends. Spread the word about getting checked. According to recent stats, 45 per cent of women feel most comfortable discussing health topics with a friend. “Who says that talking about the health of your colon is awkward?” asks Stuart Knight, author of You Should Have Asked – The Art of Powerful Conversation. “Unfounded fears have hindered us from having ‘colonversations’ with loved ones even though they can change the course of our lives, and even enrich relationships. We want people to talk colon health with one another. It could save a life.” The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s National Colorectal Cancer

Screening Network recently launched a new awareness campaign devoted entirely to getting people talking about colon cancer screening. The first of its kind, the “colonversation” campaign includes an important new national web site – www.colonversation.ca. “Like going to the dentist or checking blood pressure, completing a colon screening test at least every two years should be part of a regular health routine for Canadians over 50,” says Heather Bryant, vice-president of cancer control for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. “We want Canadians to have ‘colonversations’ with their loved ones over 50, encouraging them to ask their doctors for a simple screening test that they can do at home.” There are a number of tests – such as a stool test– that can check for signs of colon cancer before you have any symptoms. The stool test is a simple at-home test, which should take place every two years for people over 50. Studies show that screening with this test every two years reduced death from colorectal cancer by 16 per cent over a decade. For more information on getting checked for colon cancer go to www. colonversation.ca. Additional resources are available through the Canadian Cancer Society (accessed toll-free at 1888-939-3333 or online at www.cancer. ca) or through the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (1-877-502-6566 or online at www.colorectal-cancer.ca). Article courtesy Newscanada.com.


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