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An Ounce (Fall 2010)

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Cancer Fact

Researchers have identified 10,500 industrial chemicals used as cosmetic ingredients, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxics and endocrine disruptors. Almost 80 per cent of products recently checked in Canada contained at least one of the Dirty Dozen ingredients. See the full report.


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Welcome to the Fall Issue of An Ounce

It’s been a busy summer! This issue of An Ounce brings you updates and new resources on the cancer prevention front since the spring.


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Preventing Cancer: A Call to Action

Article by Ted Schettler, MD MPH

Identifying the causes of cancer, in order to help develop preventive strategies, has been of great interest for a long time.

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Canadian Responses to the President’s Cancer Panel

Article by Diana Daghofer, Co-Chair of Prevent Cancer Now

This spring, the (US) National Cancer Institute’s President’s Cancer Panel report was issued, focusing on “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now”. The report represents a call to action on environmental contaminants. Among its findings, the Panel was, “particularly concerned to find that the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated.”

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Cancer Prevention is in our Power

Article by Farrah Khan, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

It’s hard to find someone in this country who isn’t connected to cancer either through personal diagnosis, or that of a close friend or relative. Recent statistics from the Canadian Cancer Society show that “Cancer is the leading cause of premature death in Canada,” and, “approximately one in four Canadians will die of Cancer.”


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Why do some people get cancer while others do not?

Understanding the mix of triggers that cause cancer is complex. Researchers are studying these factors in the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project — the largest population study in Canada to date. Its goal is to recruit 300,000 Canadians and follow their progress over several decades.

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Breast Cancer Month – Awareness or Overkill?

Letter by Anne Rochon Ford, Co-Director of the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health


Dear friends and colleagues,

It’s that time of year again, and as noteworthy as the fall colours in my part of the country is the colour of pink to be found everywhere, marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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The Story of Cosmetics – What’s Canada’s Story?

Article by Janice Melanson. Executive Administrator, Breast Cancer Action Montreal

The US based group, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, in partnership with Annie Leonard and Free Range Graphics, creators of the internet phenomenon and educational tool, The Story of Stuff, released the new video, The Story of Cosmetics this past July.

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Incineration Update – Fall 2010

Update by Linda Gasser, PCN’s Incineration Coordinator


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Why I am a Cancer Prevention Activist

Article by Dave Renaud, PCN Board Member

I’ve been working at the General Motors Autoplex in Oshawa since Sept. 1984. I started as a Technician, otherwise known as a car manufacturing assembler, in the Chassis area. The years passed quickly, and, after a divorce in 1999, I was searching for something more to do.

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Prevention Shorts

Toxic Cosmetics, the Dirty Dozen and BPA news…

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