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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CT sees Twice the lung cancers of Xray

A new analysis of data from the landmark 2011 National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) found that low-does CT detected twice as many early-stage lung cancers as x-ray on initial screening.

The NLST found that participants who received low-dose helical CT scans had a 20.0 percent lower risk of dying from lung cancer than participants who received standard chest X-rays.

You can read more here.

At Canada Diagnostic, we have been providing Screening Lung CT scans since 2002.  This exam may be right for you if you have a history of smoking or exposure to environmental risk factors (asbestos, desert living, second-hand smoke).  Please call us at 604-709-8522 to learn more, or visit our website.

  Filed under: Categories: CT Scans, Early Detection, Lung Cancer, and Screening Exams. Tags: lung cancer, Lung Cancer Screening, Private CT, Private MRI, and Private MRI Vancouver.
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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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American Lung Association supports CT Lung Cancer Screening

The American Lung Association has recommended CT Lung Cancer Screening for smokers and former smokers.

Mounting evidence –  including findings from the U.S. National Cancer Institute’s National Lung Screening Trial – indicates that most lung cancer deaths can be prevented when detected at an early stage with CT screening.

CT Lung Cancer Screening is a well-studied test, with 10’s of thousands of patients scanned over the past 15+ years.  It is an “evidence-based” exam meaning that  there is consistent scientific evidence showing that the exam improves patient outcomes.  CT Lung Cancer screening is just one of the evidence-based screening exams offered at Canada Diagnostic in Vancouver.  Click here to find out more about our screening exams for the early detection of atherosclerosis and colon cancer.

If you are a smoker or former smoker, consider getting a CT Lung Cancer Screening Exam.  It may save your life.

Call us today at 1-877-709-8522.

  Filed under: Categories: Colon Cancer, Heart Scans, and Lung Cancer. Tags: atherosclerosis, colon cancer, CT Lung Scan, heart disease, lung cancer, lung cancer deaths, Lung Cancer Early Detection, and Lung Cancer Screening.
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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

This month, the spotlight turns to Lung Cancer.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deathfor both men and women.  In 2011, an estimated 25,300 Canadians will be diagnosed with lung cancer and 20,600 will die of it.  Up to 85% of all lung cancers are attributable to smoking.

If you are a smoker, or smoked in the past, you should consider a Lung scan at Canada Diagnostic as a screening test for the early detection of lung cancer.

Contact us today to book your scan.

  Filed under: Categories: CT Scans and Lung Cancer. Tags: Lung Cancer Early Detection, Lung Cancer Screening, Lung CT, Lung Scans, and Screening Exams.
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