A Cause for Exposure
Cancers below the waist often do not get the awareness they deserve. People seldom talk about cancers where the sun don’t shine out of fear or embarrassment. North York General Hospital is telling everyone to shed those fears!
Get involved with North York General Hospital’s campaign for cancers below the waist at The Underwear Affair.
By participating in this event, you help raise money for an acquaintance, a friend, a loved one, or simply a stranger who has been impacted by cancer. Proceeds raised are directed towards North York General Hospital’s Cancer Care Program a major focus of our community teaching Hospital.
North York General Hospital’s Cancer Care Program is truly unique.
North York has one of the GTA's (Greater Toronto Area) largest cancer care centres with recognized expertise in breast, colon, and prostate cancers. They are there from the beginning, catching cancer at its earliest onset with thorough screening, diagnosing with the best tools available, treating with the utmost care and following up with the greatest compassion.
The interdisciplinary team of highly skilled health care professionals including physicians, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, oncologists, nurses, medical imaging professionals, case managers, geneticists and genetic counselors, and volunteers, treat each patient with kindness and understanding. Their cancer specialists work closely with Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) and partner with regional centres to facilitate radiation treatments for our patients.
As active researchers and educators, too, North York is always looking for the best possible outcomes for our patients when it comes to treatment through drug therapy trials, early prevention through clinical studies and detection through observing genetic factors associated with cancer. Their research is sharply focused on sharing knowledge and applying insights directly to patients’ care.
Diagnosing and Treating Cancers Below the Waist
Prostate Cancer Facts*
-Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men
-In 2007, there were 4,300 deaths in Canada due to prostate cancer
-This number is said to steadily increase by 80 per cent over the next 10 years
Colorectal Cancer Facts*
-Colorectal cancer is the leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer
-Colorectal cancer affects men and women in about equal numbers
-Factors that increase risk are: age (middle age or older), poor diet, family history of colorectal cancer, and history of inflammatory bowel disease
-The 5 main types of gynecologic cancer are cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar
-More women die from ovarian cancer than all other gynecologic cancers combined
-90 per cent of women who get ovarian cancer are over 40
-Cervical cancer is the easiest female cancer to prevent, with regular screening tests and follow-up
-Bladder cancer accounts for approximately 90 per cent of cancers of the urinary tract
-About 4,800 Canadians are diagnosed annually
-It is diagnosed two to three times more often in men than in women
-The most common symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine
With your involvement in The Underwear Affair, you will provide North York General Hospital with the financial impetus to further our programs, services, and diagnostic tools for cancers below the waist, translating into a better quality of life for our patients.
* Facts sourced from Canadian Cancer Society
Your Dollars Make a Difference!
Funds raised from North York General Hospital's Underwear Affair will go directly towards the purchase of additional examination and diagnostic tools for the Cancer Care Program including: endoscopes, monitors including anesthesia machines, pumps, ultrasound technologies and more.
Your support in helping to raise funds will make a huge difference in the lives of every patient and their family who are counting on us today!