Scientists in School: A Wonderful Charity You Need to Know More About

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From time to time I have written a post that is not strictly about cancer or cancer research. This is one of those times. I have written blog posts in the past talking about some very smart and incredibly inspiring and creative kids into whose hands the torch of future (cancer and other) research will no doubt pass. I wrote about Jack Andraka for example and about Adam Noble both of whom tell us that keeping …

     

Dr. Robert Bell to Become Ontario’s New Deputy Minister of Health

Earlier this week I was very surprised, yet extremely pleased, to learn that Dr. Robert Bell, President and CEO of the Toronto-based University Health Network (UHN) was going to become Ontario’s next Deputy Minister of Health. On March 26, 2014 Bob posted the following public message about this appointment/transition on his UHN site: Although it would be disingenuous of me to suggest that we are close friends, I have known Bob for over 20 years …

     

New PSA Test Recommendations: Clarifying or Confusing?

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Earlier today, Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC), a national prostate cancer advocacy, support and research funding organization, released a set of new recommendations about  when and how to use Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing and screening. This is a time when most of the rest of the world is increasingly aware of over-diagnosis and over-treatment of diseases like breast cancer and prostate cancer. As a result, most new screening guidelines are getting more restrictive in terms …

     

The Balls Are in Your Court

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) has made great strides in recent years to shake the perception by some that it is your “grandparents’ charity”.  Bold initiatives like the “Fightback” campaign, replete with videos containing F-bombs, have gone a long way to ensure that the CCS connects to a whole new generation of committed citizens in the fight against cancer. And earlier this month the CCS broke even further with tradition by distributing a very well …