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B.C. cancer research boosted by $11.1 million in Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

BC Cancer Foundation’s 3rd annual cycling fundraiser will have “significant impact” on cancer research and care
Vancouver, June 19, 2011 – The BC Cancer Foundation announced yesterday that 2879 cyclists raised a record $11.1 million in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer , to support leading research at the BC Cancer Agency. Today between 11 am and 5 pm riders are expected to cross the finish line at Marymoor Park - 6046 West Lake Sammamish Road NE, Redmond, WA, after a journey of over 200 km that began...

Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer raises record-setting $11.1 million

2879 riders cycle 200-plus km in 3rd annual BC Cancer Foundation fundraiser
Vancouver, June 18, 2011 – The BC Cancer Foundation announced today that 2879 participants across British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest raised $ 11.1 million in the third annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer . Since its inception in 2009, the Ride has raised $ 27.2 million, making it the most successful cancer-related fundraising event in B.C. history. Funds raised for the BC Cancer...

Did you know cancers crave carbs? Low-carb, high protein diet shown to reduce cancer risk

June 14, 2011, Vancouver – New lab-based research from the BC Cancer Agency shows that a low-carbohydrate (carb), high-protein diet slows cancer growth and may actually prevent cancers from forming. This is because the vast majority of tumours take up and need more glucose, a simple carb, than normal cells to survive and grow. Gerry Krystal, PhD, a distinguished scientist at the BC Cancer Agency...

Prince George residents invited to take part in major cancer prevention study

June 7, 2011, Prince George – The BC Cancer Agency’s BC Generations Project clinic opened its doors to Prince George and area residents this morning, inviting everyone aged 35 to 69 to contribute to the health of future British Columbians. You can do so by taking part in the largest cancer prevention study in Canadian history. The BC Generations Project is part of the largest health study of its...

Quarter-million-dollar donation boosts BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspire the World campaign over the top

June 7, 2011 - (Victoria, BC) – A Victoria-area couple, closely affected by cancer and inspired by the innovative cancer research of the BC Cancer Agency, has made the capstone donation to successfully complete the BC Cancer Foundation’s $10 million Inspire the World campaign. Clive and Ann Piercy announced a $250,000 donation today at their hotel, the Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites. “We are...

New breast cancer care coordinator helps women navigate through cancer diagnosis and treatment

Pilot launched at BC Cancer Agency’s Abbotsford Centre
March 15, 2011, Abbotsford, BC – Breast cancer patients being treated at the BC Cancer Agency’s Abbotsford Centre and in the eastern Fraser Valley now have access to a breast cancer care coordinator—a registered nurse with special knowledge about cancer—who can help guide them in decision-making about their care and treatment. Newly diagnosed patients, those already receiving treatment, or those...

Researchers discover how cancer cheats immune system

BC Cancer Agency team finds clues in two lymphoma types
March 2, 2011, Vancouver, BC – BC Cancer Agency scientists have discovered that a single gene, CIITA, is implicated in almost 40 per cent of primary mediastinal B-cell lymphomas (a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma) and 15 per cent of all Hodgkin lymphoma cases. The groundbreaking discovery, published today in the international science and medical journal Nature, identifies for the first time a...

BC Cancer Agency seeks student researchers

Applications open for summer internship program at Deeley Research Centre
February 11, 2011, Victoria, BC – Brad Nelson, head of the Deeley Research Centre at the BC Cancer Agency’s Vancouver Island Centre, had lunch at Oxford University recently with a young woman named Kayli Johnson. They had first met in 2004 when Kayli worked as a high school student intern in Dr. Nelson’s lab. Today Kayli is a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, one of only 82 graduate students worldwide...

Southern Interior residents invited to take part in major cancer prevention study

January 5, 2011, Kelowna, BC – The BC Generations Project came to the Southern Interior this morning, and with it came a call for local residents aged 35 to 69 to contribute to the health of future British Columbians by taking part in the largest cancer prevention study in Canadian history. The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, launched the project in 2009...

B.C.’s cancer survival rates bode well in international comparison

December 21, 2010, Vancouver, BC – B.C. has encouraging survival outcomes in breast and ovarian cancer, taking top rank in a comprehensive data study that compares 12 jurisdictions from six nations with similar wealth and universal access to healthcare. In addition, B.C. colorectal and lung cancer patients have seen considerable increases in survival over the past decade. “Cancer survival is a...

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