What’s your risk of cancer? Take the MyCancerIQ.ca quiz to find out.
Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post, just a cause I am passionate about.
Cancer is sadly not a new topic to me. My mother lost her battle to cancer, my cousin had cancer and required a bone marrow transplant from his sister, an aunt had breast cancer, and recently my grandmother passed away and was diagnosed with cancer in her last few weeks. It is not an easy topic to talk about but it is something that we need to have a conversation about.
As shown above, in 2016, there were 102 900 new cases of cancer in men and 99 500 cases in women (with 77 700 of those in Ontario). The cold blunt truth is that we have almost a 50% chance of developing cancer in our lifetime and our best course of action for ourselves is to take initiative in the prevention stage.
Earlier this morning, I had the opportunity to hang out with two pretty awesome people, Canadian Olympic Gold Medallists Adam Van Koeverden and Jennifer Botterill! Adam and Jennifer (um am I first name basis with Olympians? Well I am now ;) ha) spoke about MyCancerIQ, a new online tool that helps assess your cancer risk, and why physical activity is so important for preventing cancer. The quiz will literally take you less than 5 minutes, aka the time it takes for the barista to make your coffee!
MyCancerIQ lets you pick from 6 different types of cancers to get a risk assessment for (note this should not replace your annual doctor visit!). The website takes into consideration your family history and a few quick short questions before giving you a breakdown on your risk (above I’m of average risk for breast cancer), why your risk is what it is, and what you can do to reduce that risk. In addition to that, they provide you with the resources on implementing your risk reduction!
Here you can see that not only did they provide me with information to help and explain to me about changes I should make, they point you to services that you can use to lower your risk.
One important takeaway from the quiz is that your physical activity plays a large role in your risk levels and it is also something you can control. It’s not genetics, it’s not exposure, it is whether or not you can getting your heart pumping.
Adam and Jennifer shared a quick workout that you can do anywhere from your home to the gym or even mid run to break up your run a little. The workout consist of warming up with a few minutes of jumping rope, squats, lunges (adding to this, lunging with an overhead stretch and lunging with side twists), burpees, and core work such as planks, leg ups, and bicycle kicks.
After doing a few rounds, according to my Polar V800, my heart rate average was 145, burned almost 400 calories, and pretty much hit my daily activity goal.
We worked out for around 40 minutes and I feel like it is a very fair trade to be active for a couple minutes a day in exchange to reducing my risk of cancer.
I’m hoping this post serves as your friendly reminder to a) take the quiz to see what your risk levels are, b) get active, and c) see your doctor.