Calculate your Cancer Risk – and learn how to minimize it with MyCancerIQ.ca

Designed by Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), My CancerIQ is a website that helps you understand your risk for cancer and what you can do to help lower that risk. Taking a My CancerIQ assessment can give you information to help protect yourself against cancer. As you work through the assessments, you’ll learn: – What factors help to keep your risk of cancer down – What factors increase your risk of developing cancer – What you can do to manage or reduce your risk, including links to helpful resources Where appropriate, you’ll learn whether you should be screened for particular types of cancer, such as colorectal, cervical and breast cancer. My CancerIQ won’t tell you whether you’ll get cancer or not, but it can help you focus on specific changes you can make to lower your cancer risk and live a healthier life. While it’s true you can’t change some risk factors like your age or family history, research has shown there are many things you can do to lower your risk. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors. At Canada Diagnostic, we can help with a Low-Dose CT scan for Lung Cancer Screening or a Virtual Colonoscopy for colon cancer screening. Call us today at 604-709-8522 to find out more or email us at info@canadadiagnostic.com.

  Filed under: Categories: Colon Cancer, CT Scans, Early Detection, Lung Cancer, and Screening Exams. Tags: cancer, cancer screening, colon cancer, CT Colonography, early detection, lung cancer, Lung Cancer Screening, and Virtual Colonoscopy.
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Lung Cancer Screening for High Risk Individuals

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) approved annual screening with low-dose CT for individuals at high risk for lung cancer.

The task force recommended annual scans for adults aged 55 to 80 who have a smoking history of 30 pack-years (= 1pack/day for 30 years, 2 packs/day for 15 years) and who currently smoke or who have quit within the past 15 years and who have no symptoms of lung cancer.

The recommendations are in large part based on the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) in the United States, which compared lung cancer screening methods (chest xray vs. CT scans) in current and former smokers. The results showed that people who received low-dose CT scans had a lower risk of dying from lung cancer than people who received standard chest X-rays.

The USPSTF’s recommendation is on par with previous recommendations for screening for breast, colon and cervical cancers – for which survival has increased dramatically following wide-spread screening programs. it is felt that the adoption of CT screening for lung cancer will have a “moderate-to-substantial benefit” in reducing mortality in high-risk individuals.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, Lung Cancer is the second-most frequently diagnosed cancer (after skin cancer) in Canada, and is the leading cause of cancer death in Canadians. Approximately 1 in 11 men, and 1 in 15 women will be diagnosed with lung cancer during their lifetime.

Canada Diagnostic has been providing low-dose CT screening exams for lung cancer since 2002. We also provide screening exams for colon cancer, coronary artery disease and carotid artery disease. If you think that a screening exam might be right for you, talk to your doctor. We would be happy to tell you more about these screening exams – you can call us at 604-709-8522 or visit our Screening Exam webpage here.

  Filed under: Categories: Atherosclerosis, CT Scans, Early Detection, Lung Cancer, and Screening Exams. Tags: CT Scans, early detection, Lung Cancer Screening, and screening.
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Cut the risk of heart attack in half by controlling blood pressure & cholesterol

A new research article in the medical journal Circulation shows that patients may reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by at least half by getting their blood pressure and cholesterol under control.

A healthy lifestyle is important for minimizing cardiovascular disease but so is taking medications if they are needed to get control over blood pressure and cholesterol.  While preventing heart disease is important, maintaining healthy blood vessels is too!

If you have risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, family history, overweight or sedentary lifestyle, you might benefit from having a Coronary Artery Calcium Score (CACS).  A CACS takes a look at your coronary arteries and can spot small amounts hard plaque in your vessel walls – an early indicator of cardiovascular disease.

For more information about CACS, see our other blog articles:  Patients Who “See” Their Heart Disease are Much More Motivated to Follow Doctor’s Orders (July 31, 2012) and #1 Heart Disease Predictor (September 13, 2012).

Call us today to find out more about CACS at 1-877-709-8522 or send us an email at info@canadadiagnostic.com.  You can read more about our CACS scan and other screening exams offered at Canada Diagnostic here.

  Filed under: Categories: Cardiovascular, Early Detection, Heart Scans, and Screening Exams. Tags: Calcium Score, Canada Diagnostic Vancouver, coronary calcium, CT scan, CT Screening, early detection, heart disease, heart scan, Lung Cancer Screening, MRI Vancouver, Private CT, Private MRI Vancouver, and Screening Exams.
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10 Greatest Medical Inventions of the last 50 years – guess what tied for #1? CT & MRI!

According to healthexecnews.com, CT and MRI tie for the greatest medical inventions of the last 50 years.

The choice of MRI and CT as #1 reflects what an incredible impact these two technologies have made on the medical industry since their inception in the late 1970’s.  MRI and CT seem like standard procedures today, hinting at their significant impact on healthcare.

From screening for early disease detection, to detailed diagnostic scans, to monitoring treatment progress, MRI and CT have a role to play in just about every type of injury and illness.

At Canada Diagnostic in Vancouver, we’ve been offering MRI and CT scans since 2000.

The radiologists who interpret MRI & CT scans at Canada Diagnostic Centres all work, teach and do research at two of BC’s best-known teaching hospitals:  Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital.  What does this mean for our patients and their physicians?  Our radiologists are  at the forefront of the latest developments in advanced diagnostic imaging and read a high volume of specialized cases each year.

Our radiologists also bring a variety of sub-specialty skills to Canada Diagnostic relating to musculoskeletal, neurologic, breast and abdominal diagnostic imaging.  They use a team approach and are able to consult freely with each other in the event of challenging cases.  This depth and breadth of knowledge greatly benefits our patients and their doctors.

To learn more about the types of scans we offer at Canada Diagnostic, click here, or call us at 604-709-8522.

 

 

 

 

 

  Filed under: Categories: Colon Cancer, CT Scans, Lung Cancer, MRI Scans, MSK, Multiple Sclerosis, Orthopedic, and Screening Exams. Tags: CT, diagnostic MRI, early detection, MRI, Private CT Vancouver, Private MRI Vancouver, and screening CT.
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New Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines from the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society issed new screening guidelines for the early detection of Lung Cancer today.

A new report published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society says that:

“Findings from the National Cancer Institute’s National Lung Screening Trial established that lung cancer mortality in specific high-risk groups can be reduced by annual screening with low-dose computed tomography. These findings indicate that the adoption of lung cancer screening could save many lives.”

the recommendations are:

  • The patient is aged 55 to 74 years, has at least a 30–pack-year smoking history (the equivalent of 1 pack per day for 30 years), and currently smokes or has quit within the past 15 years
  • The patient has undergone a thorough discussion of the benefits, limitations, and risks of screening.
  • The patient can be screened in a setting with experience in lung cancer screening.

A copy of the press release outlining the recommendations and the research behind them can be found by clicking here:  http://pressroom.cancer.org/lung2013

At Canada Diagnostic, we have been offering low-dose CT screenings for lung cancer since 2002, and would be happy help you decide if screening is right for you.  call us today at 604-709-8522 or write to us at info@canadadiagnostic.com

 

 

 

 

 

  Filed under: Categories: CT Scans, Early Detection, Lung Cancer, and Screening Exams. Tags: CT scan, CT Screening, early detection, lung cancer, and Lung Cancer Screening.
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Should you have a Breast MRI before surgery?

That’s a question that many people newly-diagnosed with breast cancer might be asking their surgeon.  Currently, there isn’t definitive data to show whether having a breast MRI before surgery changes a patient’s outcome, so it isn’t easy for your surgeon to give you a definite yes or no to that question.

The debate going on isn’t about whether MRI finds more cancer, but instead, whether it improves diagnostic accuracy and therefore outcomes (such as reducing the number of surgeries or cancer recurrances, and whether survival rates improve).

A study done at Yale University and presented at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual conference in 2011 showed that re-operation rates were dramatically reduced when breast MRI was used.  But that is just one study, and there are others out there that show no difference.

So, why do we do breast MRI?  At Canada Diagnostic, we offer breast MRI as a way for patients and their surgeons to get the clearest picture possible about the size, shape and location of their cancer.  A small percentage of women will have a tiny cancer in their other breast that wasn’t seen on mammography or ultrasound, and a number may have a tumour that is actually larger or more extensive than what was seen on their diagnostic imaging.  This information is helpful when planning surgery (lumpectomy and breast-conserving surgery) and can help reduce the need for a follow-up surgery.    For some patients, the peace of mind that comes from knowing the “full picture” is important.

The role of breast MRI in the management of breast cancer is probably going to start changing in the coming years.  As we learn more and more about the biology of the different types of breast cancer, researchers may begin to develop imaging sequences based on the particular type of tumour the patient has.

If you would like to learn more about breast MRI and whether it might be right for you, call us today at 604-709-8522 or drop us an email at info@canadadiagnostic.com And don’t forget to have your annual mammogram if you are a woman over 40 – its still the best first-line tool we have for finding cancer early.

  Filed under: Categories: Breast Cancer, Breast MRI, and MRI Scans. Tags: breast, breast cancer, breast mri, breast surgery, and early detection.
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