The official web site of the Canadian Cancer Society
is a beautifully-designed, easy-to-use resource. The focus is
three-pronged: providing information about cancer and related
issues, providing support to those dealing with cancer, and providing
opportunities to help in the fight against cancer.
A drop-down list in the top lefthand corner allows users to move easily
between the Canada-wide site and the various provincial web sites,
which provide information such as local Cancer Society phone numbers,
provincial cancer statistics, and local fundraising initiatives.
Each of the provincial sites has interesting and helpful information,
but those recently diagnosed with cancer might be interested in looking
at the Ontario site, specifically ‘Financial information’ (the bottom
link under ‘Get information’). Since the layout of each component
site is the same, navigation is simple wherever you click.
There is information galore on the site, not just about cancer itself,
but also about advocacy issues, clinical trials, and even how to donate
one’s hair for the making of wigs. The link to the Cancer
Glossary, which is one of the buttons in the top menu, contains an
exhaustive list of terms that patients and their families will
encounter in cancer literature and conversation with medical personnel.
Smokers who are courageous enough to visit the site – they know what
they are going to read, after all – should look for the link to Quit
Smoking in the list headed ‘Get support’. The Cancer Society
provides a five-step self-help programme and Smokers’ Help Line to help
smokers kick the habit. For non-smokers whose friends or family
members smoke, there is also information about helping someone
quit. If you are a smoker and need some incentive to stop, try
using the smoking calculator to see how much money you burn by lighting
up those cigarettes.
Necessarily, certain information on the Canadian Cancer Society is
relevant only to Canadians. However, information about cancer and
its prevention will benefit anyone anywhere who would like to know more
about this dreaded disease, how to prevent it, how to fight it, and the