Health Sciences 1001A/B Lecture Notes - Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill, Canadian Cancer Society

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HealthSci Lecture Review Notes
Movie: Chasing the Cancer Answer
Wendy has breast cancer and interviews others regarding the topic
1 in 2 chance of getting cancer
o Men = 1 in 2.3 chance
o Women = 1 in 2.6 chance
Cancer rates continue to increase and many cases could be attributed to environmental factors
o Example: 7 year old Danny was diagnosed with cancer
89% of cancer might be due to environmental causes
Children cancer treatments are getting better, but prevention is much more important than
treatment
Canadian cancer society only spends 10% of budget on prevention
1/3 childhood cancer survivors can expect a lethal illness by 45 years old
Everyone blames the people for their cancer, and do not even consider the environmental risks
There are 200 different kinds of cancer
Everyday objects may be cancer-causing risk factors
o Example: birth control pills can cause cancer
Europe banned Canadian beef because growth hormones in the beef are harmful
Cancer medications fastest growing sales (37 billion dollars)
Cancer change/mutation after DNA is made
o It is common in animals and plants as well
Cancer costs the economy 14 billion per year
Wendy has cost the health care system $60,000
They try to tell everyone that the carcinogens in different products we use are trace amounts,
and do not affect health
Companies are motivated by profit, so they don’t care about health
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Wendy has breast cancer and interviews others regarding the topic. 1 in 2 chance of getting cancer: men = 1 in 2. 3 chance, women = 1 in 2. 6 chance. Cancer rates continue to increase and many cases could be attributed to environmental factors: example: 7 year old danny was diagnosed with cancer. 89% of cancer might be due to environmental causes. Children cancer treatments are getting better, but prevention is much more important than treatment. Canadian cancer society only spends 10% of budget on prevention. 1/3 childhood cancer survivors can expect a lethal illness by 45 years old. Everyone blames the people for their cancer, and do not even consider the environmental risks. There are 200 different kinds of cancer. Everyday objects may be cancer-causing risk factors: example: birth control pills can cause cancer. Europe banned canadian beef because growth hormones in the beef are harmful. Cancer medications fastest growing sales (37 billion dollars) Cancer change/mutation after dna is made.

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