Cancer education event explores environmental link, Vitamin D controversy, and potential of natural therapies

    The Cancer Continuum: From Prevention to Care
    October 19 and 20, 2007

    TORONTO, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - Based on current incidence rates, 39% of
Canadian women and 44% of Canadian men will develop cancer during their
lifetime. As many as two thirds of Canadians with cancer are now exploring a
wide range of natural therapies - from diet and supplements to massage therapy
and visualization - to complement the conventional treatment they receive. At
the same time, many are looking beyond convention at the potential
environmental causes of cancer and empowering themselves to help prevent this
often devastating disease.
    What can be done to minimize our exposure to toxins at home, work and in
the environment? What is the potential role of natural health approaches to
help prevent and treat cancers, manage the side effects of conventional
treatments, and extend or improve quality of life? What is the scientific
evidence behind natural health products and complementary therapies being
marketed in connection with cancer?

    The Cancer Continuum - From Prevention to Care
    An educational event for the public and health professionals

    The Cancer Continuum brings together an impressive roster of leading
physicians, specialists, researchers, environmental advocates, naturopaths and
other complementary practitioners to discuss and debate these essential
questions across the entire continuum of cancer care, from prevention and
preventing cancer recurrence, to treatment, management and palliative care.

    When:                 Friday, October 19, 7 to 10 p.m.
                          Saturday, October 20, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Where:                University of Toronto
                          J.J.R. McLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building
                          St. George Campus
                          1 King's College Circle

    Agenda Highlights:

    Friday, October 19       7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Cancer: Looking for Causes, Searching for Solutions

    A must-attend forum and panel discussion featuring environmental
advocates, survivors and specialists

    Keynote presentation:    Wendy Mesley, investigative journalist and
                             cancer survivor - The truth is out there.
                             Or is it?

    Emcee/panel moderator:   Jacqueline Hennessy, award-winning health
                             journalist and contributing Health Editor of
                             More magazine

    Saturday, October 20     8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Some of North America's leading physicians, naturopaths, researchers and
other health care professionals present the science of natural therapies for
cancer prevention and treatment. Highlights include:

    The Vitamin D/ sunshine controversy - Dr. Reinhold Vieth, MD, Canada's
leading Vitamin D researcher, unravels the current Vitamin D controversy and
highlights the vital role Vitamin D plays in cancer prevention and management.

    The mind-body connection -Dr. Alastair Cunningham, OC, PhD, creator of
the Healing Journey Program at Princess Margaret Hospital, describes the
exceptional results that have been achieved through this program of
visualization and meditation for people with cancer.

    The role of nutrition and supplements - Dr. Aileen Burford-Mason, PhD,
former cancer researcher and cell biologist, highlights compelling evidence
for the role that nutrition and supplements (including antioxidant vitamins)
play in cancer prevention and management.

    Traditional eastern wisdom - Xiaolan Zhao, CMD, best-selling author of
Reflections of the Moon on Water (Random House, 2006), describes the
Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to cancer prevention and treatment.

    The Cancer Continuum is hosted by the Holistic Health Research Foundation
of Canada (HHRFC), in association with the Ontario Society of Physicians for
Complementary Medicine and the International Society for Orthomolecular
    Launched in late 2004, the Holistic Health Research Foundation of Canada
is the first Canadian registered charity dedicated to funding research, and
public and health professional education in complementary and alternative
medicine (CAM). Their long-term vision is to improve the health of all
Canadians, minimize the incidence of chronic disease, and champion the
transformation of health care to emphasize prevention, holism and integration.

    Tickets prices:
    Friday, October 19 - $45 ($29 seniors and students)
    Saturday, October 20 - $129 ($89 seniors and students)

    For complete event details and agenda:

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: To book interviews with the
presenters or attend the event, please contact: Keren Brown, (416) 778-4443,
(416) 558-5311 (event days only)

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