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The Difference between Dying from Cancer and Living with Cancer

The way we talk about cancer is outdated. It was this headline in a Vox article that caught my eye earlier this month. Wondering what it meant, I clicked (so yes, sometimes the clickbait on Vox works, quite effectively actually) and stumbled onto an article that has real-life parallels for me. My aunt has been sick--really sick--for about a year, with unexplained gastrointestinal issues that have caused her to lose a great deal of weight. Despite tests for nearly everything (includ… [Read More]

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical cancer remains one of the leading causes of death among women around the world, because in many countries, screening tests, such as the Pap smear, are simply not available or easily accessible. Thanks to better technology and increased awareness and access, cervical cancer is fairly uncommon in North America. However, it is important that we continue to educate and inform women about the importance of screenings for cervical cancer (and other sexually transmitted infections) an… [Read More]

Hair Donations: Where Does All the Hair Really Go?

I had long hair until two weeks ago. I had donated my hair once before but the hair salon was collecting the hair for a large contribution and I didn't know where the hair would be going. This time instead of letting the locks pile onto the ground as usual my stylist carefully braided the back of my hair before cutting it. She placed the hair in a bag for me to ship off to the organization of my choosing. This is when the research began. Locks of Love is the most well-known hair … [Read More]


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