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April: Daffodil Month for Cancer Awareness
by Trudi

Last week, Tazim’s weekly feature on nutrition gave interesting and important information to help us maintain our health by eating good foods. Staying healthy is important, and often ignored until we get sick.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, each year, 1 out of every 44 people in Canada is diagnosed with cancer. In British Columbia, more than 20, 000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year. Based on 2011 estimates, about 1 out of every 4 Canadians is expected to die from cancer. Cancer is the leading cause of premature death in Canada.

Cancer has touched everyone. It is a disease that is very scary. April is daffodil month; a campaign that asks people to buy and wear a daffodils (fresh flowers or a pin), which will raise the awareness of cancer and the importance of fighting cancer. Daffodils are a symbol of strength and courage. Donations from the purchase of daffodils go to support people living with cancer as well as to find ways of fighting cancer. This year, you will also be able to buy a virtual daffodil on Facebook or Twitter profiles.

This April, Daffodil Day will be April 27th. Daffodil Day is a day the Cancer Society wants people to take time to think about the people we have lost to cancer, the people fighting cancer, and the importance of continuing to prevent and fight against cancer.

The Cancer Society says that almost half of the cancers can be prevented. One of the ways to prevent cancer is to have a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle includes being active and eating good foods.

Take time to live well for you and your family.

For more information on cancer, here are some websites:

 (April 1, 2012)

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