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July is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

July is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month. Bladder cancer is the 5th most common cancer in Canada.  It is the 4th most common among men and 12th most common cancer among women. It is estimated that approximately 9,000 Canadians are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year. The Bladder The bladder is part of the urinary system.…

3 Common Characteristics of Cancer Survivors

June is Cancer Survivor Awareness Month.  Battles are being won as the war against cancer continues. Over 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer are expected to survive for 5 years or more after a cancer diagnosis (Canadian Cancer Society)⠀   Cancer death rates have been declining since 1988 among men, and since the mid-1990s among…

What is a probiotic?

Probiotics have become a common supplement in many people’s daily health plan.  But what exactly are probiotics?  What are their benefits and how do we know which one to choose? The term probiotic is derived from the Greek language meaning “for life” but for our purposes I will use the definition as per the World…