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The New Normal: Living with Lymphedema After Breast Cancer

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Arm disability arising from breast cancer treatment can have devastating impacts on survivors’ lives. 

Breast cancer researchers funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research have completed a national study of over 700 breast cancer survivors that shows that arm disability, including lymphedema, is not widely understood or acknowledged.  As a result, survivors struggle in isolation with pain, fear of infection, and range of motion limitations. Indeed, every part of their lives is affected, from family relationships to work, community involvement, and recreation. 

They have created a short theatrical production (called an ‘ethnodrama’) with women living with lymphedema to reach health care providers and survivors.  

In The New Normal: Living with Lymphedema After Breast Cancer, composite characters distilled the experience of 7 women with arm disability after breast cancer treatment. These ethnodramas were then performed live by some of the women for audiences of health care providers and survivors across Canada with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of self-education, screening and referral patterns.

Watch The New Normal: Living with Lymphedema After Breast Cancer.

It is also available in French as Vivre avec le lymphoedme suite un cancer du sein.

Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy

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This new e-book is a compendium of Op-Eds published in the media in 2012-2013 by some of Canada’s leading experts in the field, offering a snapshot of the evidence on the issues of the day. It is the second in a series of ebooks produced by EvidenceNetwork.ca, the first being Canadian Health Policy in the News: Why Evidence Matters, which achieved 13,000 reads in the first year of release. 

This second volume addresses a range of controversial topics, such as whether or not our health system is sustainable and how our healthcare dollars are spent. Other sections address pharmaceutical policy, private-for-profit delivery of care, social determinants of health, aging, mental health and obesity. 

This ebook is available free of charge in a number of different formats, so you are encouraged to share it widely, reprint in your news outlets, use it as a textbook, and share via social media.

Click here to access your free ebook.

• PDF
• Apple
• Kindle
• Google Play
• Google Books

You can easily share all download options for the ebook via social media by referring people to: Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy, where all the download options are available at: umanitoba.ca/outreach/evidencenetwork/archives/17545

With thanks to the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Manitoba Health Research Council whose funding supports Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy, edited by Noralou Roos, Kathleen O’Grady, Shannon Turczak, Camilla Tapp and Lindsay Jolivet (ISBN 978-0-9916971-2-0).

 

New resource on violence against women with disabilities and Deaf women

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Western University’s Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children’s Learning Network have partnered with the DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada to develop a new resource on violence against women with disabilities and Deaf women.

Visit DAWN-RAFH Canada’s website to learn more.

New! National Consensus Statement on Women, Trans People and Girls and HIV Research in Canada

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As  part of AIDS Awareness Week,  Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan (Dalhousie University) and the Gathering of Spirits Collective have launched the National Consensus Statement on Women, Trans People and Girls and HIV Research in Canada. The Statement includes a number of recommendations to address the complex and diverse, and span across legal, cultural, social, political, and economic needs of women, trans people and girls.

Download the National Consensus Statement on Women, Trans People and Girls and HIV Research in Canada.

Everything you always wanted to know about… seniors’ sexuality… and more

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The Centre for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology of CSSS Cavendish in Montreal has published their Fall 2013 issue of Pluralages on the theme of seniors' sexuality.

This magazine offers a review of the conference « Everything you always wanted to know about… seniors’ sexuality » which was held in April in Montreal. 

Download the table of contents.

Download the new issue

Roots Causes of Violence Against Aboriginal Women and the Impact of Colonization

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A fact sheet from the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

NWAC believes that knowledge of past and present issues is essential to building a better life for future generations. Aboriginal women in Canada have historically been devalued not only as Aboriginal people but also simply because they are women. It is important to acknowledge the impacts of colonization and recognize that they currently exist and affect Aboriginal women and girls. By understanding the intergenerational effects of colonization, we can begin to address current issues and create a better future for Aboriginal women and girls.

Download Roots Causes of Violence Against Aboriginal Women and the Impact of Colonization.

State of the Evidence: The Connection between Breast Cancer and the Environment – Dynamic online version

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The Breast Cancer Fund’s landmark report, State of the Evidence: The Connection between Breast Cancer and the Environment, is now available in a dynamic online version.

Based on the same deep review of the science  as the printed report, the new web experience features in-depth information about exposures of concern and covers key themes like low-dose exposures and vulnerable populations. The science is presented in clear, accessible language. It also includes practical tips on how to reduce your risk, and many ways to take action to prevent breast cancer.

You’ll also see a new section on the biology of breast cancer. 

Find it on Breast Cancer Fund's website www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science.

Putting Solutions in Place: Bridging the Gap between Women and Breast Cancer Screening

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This new report is the result of a three-year Inclusion Research project that consulted with women in three Ontario communities—Peel, Timmins and Toronto—about their knowledge and experiences of breast screening, the barriers to screening they face and their suggestions for making breast screening more accessible in their communities.

The project findings demonstrate the barriers that need to be addressed to increase women’s knowledge of and participation in breast screening. Addressing these barriers is key to ensuring that women are able to get the information they need to make informed decisions about screening and that screening services are accessible, supportive, and as comfortable as possible. The recommendations offer clear steps to deliver screening in ways that will lead to increased awareness of and participation in breast screening among populations who are less likely to be screened.

Putting solutions in place: Bridging the gap between women and breast cancer screening is now available online at www.owhn.on.ca.

Project partners: Cancer Care Ontario, Ontario Women's Health Network, Asset Mapping Research Project of the Christian Resource Centre, Northern College (East End Family Health Team), Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services

Project funded by: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region

If you have any questions about this project please contact owhn@owhn.on.ca / 416-408-4840 / 877-860-4545

Playing It Forward: 50 Years of Women and Sport in Canada

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This new book edited by Guylaine Demers, Lorraine Greaves, Sandra Kirby and Marion Lay, takes us inside the world of sport in Canada. Published by the Feminist History Society, Playing It Forward shines a light on the efforts of a wide range of players, from school girls fighting for the opportunity to play, to politicians and academics defining policy and developing theory. What they have in common is the courage to take chances, make claims and serve as role models.

Learn more on their website.

The Feminist History Society publishes books about the women's movement in Canada between 1960 and 2010, books written by the participants in the movement. The content of the books will reflect the diversity and dynamism, strength and spirit of the movement.

National Roundtable on Girls, Women and Alcohol – new website!

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CWHN has been working closely with Ann Dowsett Johnston, author of "Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol", on the new website National Roundtable on Girls, Women and Alcohol.

In particular (at the YouTube icon at the bottom of the page) you can watch several short video clips from our 2013 National Roundtable on Girls, Women and Alcohol.

To learn more about Ann Dowsett Johnson’s book, listen to her interview on CBC Sunday Edition with Michael Enright.

And check out girlswomenalcohol.org for information on the upcoming 2014 National Roundtable on Girls, Women and Alcohol.

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