Cancer Prevention and Lifestyle


There are lifestyle choices or changes we can make that can reduce the risk of developing cancer during our lifetime. To quit smoking and to be more active are two of these changes. Dr. Peter Selby (Chief of Medicine, Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) joins Dr. Evans to discuss strategies for smoking cessation and the resources and supports that are available to smokers in the community. Smoking cessation is also of benefit after a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Paul Oh (Medical Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute) reviews the role of physical activity and exercise in reducing cancer risk and the benefits as part of a cancer care program after a diagnosis has been made.


Sarah Neil-Sztramko joins us for a discussion on the importance of exercise and the role of physical activity in cancer prevention, during treatment and following treatment. Sarah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI) at McMaster University and Knowledge Translation Advisor with the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools. Sarah’s research is informed by her academic training in Kinesiology, Population and Public Health, Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science.

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Sun Safety Tips from an Expert Dr. Elaine McWhirter is an Associate Professor of Oncology at McMaster University, and today she speaks with us about the importance of sun safety. Skin cancer is overall a preventable condition, and there are key steps that we can take to reduce our risk. Dr. McWhirter gives us her expert advice on the subject, as well as ways to look out for signs of melanoma, and when to get yourself or your loved ones checked. For more information on sun-safety, melanoma and other skin cancers, please visit Melanoma Canada at melanomanetwork.ca

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Dr. Norman Giebrecht joins us for an important discussion. Did you know that consuming alcohol can put you at a higher risk for cancer development? Dr. Giesbrecht tells us about the relationship between alcohol and cancer, and some of his predictions and hopes for the future of community education about alcohol. A great listen to prepare for “Dry February”.


In this eye-opening episode with Dr. Paul Demers, we delve into the intricate connection between air pollution and its alarming correlation with cancer. Unraveling the scientific intricacies, we explore the hazardous pollutants in our air, their impact on human health, and the sobering statistics that underscore the link between prolonged exposure and increased cancer risks. Join us as we navigate the crucial intersection of environmental health and oncology, shedding light on the urgent need for awareness and sustainable solutions to combat this silent threat hovering in the air we breathe.

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Today we have a conversation with Riley Crotta, Manager of regional health programs with Hamilton Health Sciences. The doctor’s office is usually the place that most people think of when they have discussions around cancer screening and prevention, but what happens when there are barriers such as transportation, housing, or mental health? How about newcomers or those that don’t have a family doctor and don’t know the importance of these screens? Riley Crotta’s team have been providing this mobile cancer screening service to many patients across Niagara and Hamilton, in an effort to help more people keep up to date on their cancer screenings.