Health Matters: What is Cancer?

About 2 in 5 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetimes, according to the Canadian Cancer Society, and 1 in 4 will die of the disease. The national community-based organization estimated 202,400 new cases of cancer and 78,800 cancer-related deaths would take place last year. The statistics can be frightening and for those facing cancer, the diagnosis can completely change their approach to living.

In collaboration with the Avante Women’s Center and Townshippers’ Association, the next free Health Matters Information Session on Friday, March 10, will take a closer look at the disease with cancer expert Dail Jacob. The recently retired nurse practiced in the area of oncology and palliative care for 23 years of her 39-year career which included working for the Canadian Nurses’ Association in certification exam development in the specialty of oncology.

Join us from 10:00 to 12:00 at the CLSC in Cowansville, 397 de la Rivière, for this clear and informative presentation which will include prevention, symptoms, treatment and support/resources. A complimentary light lunch and continued discussions on the day’s topic will follow.

Health Matters is a part of CHEP (Community Health Education Program) offered by the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN), which aims to provide health information to English-speaking communities across Quebec. Visit CHEP online at This CHSSN initiative is funded by Health Canada through the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.

For further information about this session, please contact Kate Murray at Townshippers’, 450-242-4421, [email protected]

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers,, and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717, or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.

Published: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: The next free Health Matters Information Session on Friday, March 10, in Cowansville will include a DVD presentation with a long-time oncology nurse on the topic of cancer, including prevention, symptoms, treatment, and support.