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Cancer Care Hamilton, Grimsby and Niagara Region

Posted Apr 22nd, 2019 in Naturopathic Medicine, News, Tips

Cancer Care Hamilton, Grimsby and Niagara Region

Cancer Care in the Region of Hamilton, Grimsby, and Niagara is one of the fundamental Health Care programs in this region. According to the Hamilton, Information Report published a few years ago http://www2.hamilton.ca/NR/rdonlyres/9FD426CA-AD04-424F-82FF- 0DD54E66DCF6/0/Mar26BOH07015CancerincidencePDF.   Hamilton region has higher than average Ontario rates of Cancer including Lung, Breast, and Colorectal Cancers. The incidence is related mainly to the Hamilton Aging population (Above 50 years of age). In Hamilton, the population shows a higher rate of risk factors that can contribute to cancer incidence than the rest of Ontario cities such as Obesity, Tobacco, and Alcohol use.

Initiatives of the Hamilton Health Services to treat or early detect cancers include the following 

1-      Early detection programs such as Breast Cancer Screening by doing a mammography every two years for women 50 years or older, and Cervical Cancer Screening by doing a regular PAP smear test for sexually active women and Colorectal Cancer early detection by providing a fecal occult blood test and colonoscopy for everyone above age 50.

2- Cancer Treatment Centres:   Juravinski Cancer Centre – Hamilton was established in 1992, and it provides  Surgical Oncology, Radiation Therapy, Medical Oncology, and Palliative Care. In Saint Catherine,  City, NHS Health Care Complex, and Walker Family  Cancer Centre offer inpatient and outpatient services for patients with Cancer.

What should you do as a healthy person to early detect cancer?

The best course of action is to benefit from the Early Detection Programs in Niagara and Hamilton Health Region by responding to the Health Screening messages that are usually sent by mail to residents in that region. If you are not aware of these services, or you did not receive any mail for that service, you can ask your family doctor or health care practitioners to guide you through this process.

Can Lifestyle change improve your course of the disease?

The simple answer to this question is yes of course. For example, giving up smoking can prevent to a large extent lung cancer especially small cell lung cancer (which is highly related to the smoking habit), also quitting smoking is very useful for patients with lung cancer who receive radiation or chemotherapy, as this would improve their chances to respond to the radiation or chemotherapy as proved by current research https://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-02-treatments-chance-survival.html  and https://health.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/3997

Research shows also that weight gain is a poor prognostic factor for long-term survival and disease control. This is proved in a systematic review published recently in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO). In this study, it was found that women with breast cancer who are overweight or gain weight after diagnosis were found to have a greater risk of disease recurrence or death from breast cancer as compared to women with less weight. https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JCO.2002.20.4.1128 


Have any questions? Need Help?

No worries, just contact this link for Hamilton, Niagara, or Grimsby https://www.ontarionaturopathicclinic.ca/site/contact-naturpathic-dr-grimsby-niagara 


And This link is if you are living in Toronto




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