Our Health - Outrunning Cancer

Our Health Series

We know interest in this topic is high as cancer has touched every single one of us in some way. It is the second highest cause of death in Canada. Ironically, as life expectancies continue to extend, even more of us will live long enough to experience cancer. One in four of us will likely die of cancer without further innovation in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and robust psychosocial support.

Come to Our Health’s “Outrunning Cancer” program on September 3rd and learn what is ahead for cancer care, how best to deal with occurrences of cancer and how we are gaining ground.  Our 3 panellists are recognized experts and will help us better understand new technologies (e.g. nanotechnology, immunology), techniques (e.g. precision medicine) and psychosocial support being developed and applied successfully.  New organizational models (e.g. Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network) are helping to enable and accelerate innovation and collaboration across research and treatment centres.

What has made these new and innovative approaches to cancer care possible? We don’t have to look far to find one Canadian who made a difference. In the late 1970’s, when a Canadian teenager, Terry Fox, was diagnosed with cancer, the cancer research community in Canada was significantly under-funded. But Terry changed everything in 1980. For 143 days he ran a marathon a day on one good leg, raising money for research to battle the disease that would eventually claim his life. Here we are 39 years later. Terry’s Marathon of Hope has now raised over $750,000,000 for cancer research. There have been pockets of tremendous progress in both survival rates and longevity but there is still much more to do to outrun cancer.

Registration for “Outrunning Cancer” is free.  Click here to register.

There are often seats available at the door on the day of the event, but these will be offered on a first-come, first serve basis admission and cannot be guaranteed without registration.