Canadian Cancer Society public education webinars

Our public education webinars are an education and outreach program we have introduced to provide you with more information to help you fight cancer.

The hard work of our dedicated volunteers and the generosity of our donors make it possible for us to hold these webinars.

Topics were chosen from the responses to our survey, where you told us the topics that interest you the most.

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How physical activity can reduce cancer risk

If you're planning to get more active in the new year, this educational webinar will offer incentives to help you keep your resolution.

Dr Christine Friedenreich, a Canadian Cancer Society-supported researcher, leads the webinar, discussing  physical activity and how it reduces cancer risk.

When Dr Friedenreich reflects on her work as a cancer epidemiologist – a scientist who studies patterns of disease in populations – her most deeply held belief is that, somehow, she is helping to eradicate cancer.

As a research scientist at the Alberta Cancer Board, Dr Friedenreich has spent much of her career identifying modifiable risk factors for cancer. Since 1994, she’s been studying the link between cancer risk and physical activity.

Dr Friedenreich’s work is also defining what types and levels of physical activity reduce risk the most.

“This is an extremely rewarding area of research,” she says. “There are real public health implications. Being able to have an impact on a population’s health is exciting. I’m a small fish in a big, big pond, but it’s gratifying to make a contribution.”


Advances in breast cancer detection and treatment

How does magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) help in the fight against breast cancer? By allowing for earlier detection of the disease.

Dr Michael Noseworthy has focused his research on the assessment of normal and diseased tissue microstructure, and the ensuing modulation of tissue metabolism, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and in vivo nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.

Dr. Noseworthy is a MRI physicist in the department of diagnostic imaging, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, and adjunct professor, department of medical imaging, at the University of Toronto.


What makes someone an addict?

What makes someone an addict? What are the behaviour patterns of a tobacco addict? How do you recognize addiction early? How do you stop the cycle of addiction? Dr Mark Eisenberg provided answers to these questions in this educational webinar.

Montreal-based Dr Mark Eisenberg is a professor of medicine at McGill University and a cardiologist at the Jewish General Hospital. He is an associate member of the McGill department of epidemiology and biostatistics, and was the director of clinical research of the McGill cardiology fellowship program for 18 years.

His research interests include primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, health services and outcomes research, smoking cessation, the metabolic syndrome, clinical trials and meta-analyses.



What is a webinar?

A webinar is a presentation, lecture or workshop that is sent over the Web.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s public education webinar series will bring an expert to you in your home via web-based meeting technology called web conferencing.

Webinar? Sounds complicated.

We know that new technologies can be a bit intimidating. Check out what one of our volunteers had to say about the experience.

“I am not a computer person but I am so glad I took a chance and attended a webinar. Once I logged in, I didn’t have to touch anything. The speaker did all of that – I just had to watch and listen. I really enjoyed being able to see as well as hear what the speaker was talking about because it was so much easier to understand. My advice? If you can watch TV or listen to a radio, you will have no problem on a webinar.”

What kind of system do I need to connect?

The webinar has two parts: a web-based meeting room and a phone conference line. You can access the meeting using your computer, your Internet connection, an Internet browser, such as Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer, and your phone line. If you prefer, you can just dial in to the phone portion of the call, but you will miss the on-screen presentation. It’s up to you.

Do I need to register in advance?

No, you can register when you join the web conference on the day of the public meeting. We encourage you to sign in 5 – 10 minutes early so you don’t miss anything.

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