Innovating During World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day takes place each year on February 4, uniting the world population in the fight against cancer. The aim is to raise awareness and education about the disease. This year's theme was 'Debunk the Myths', providing a chance to improve knowledge and dismiss misconceptions about cancer.

Canada's Health Minister Rona Ambrose highlighted the great work of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) in their landmark study to find the causes of cancer and other diseases. The study, called the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, involves collecting health and lifestyle data from 300,000 Canadians to help researchers try to understand why some people get cancer. This study fits in well with the World Cancer Day theme, encouraging the sharing information to improve the knowledge we have of this disease.

Read more: News Release - Landmark study aims to find the causes of cancer and other diseases

The Canadian Cancer Society also marked the day, addressing the feeling of helplessness that people often feel when it comes to cancer, encouraging Canadians to empower themselves with information. The organization released a list of 10 ways to do something about cancer to help dispel the myth 'there is nothing I can do about cancer'. The list highlights that there is a lot that can be done at the individual and community level.

Read the list - Nothing you can do about cancer? False!

If you missed the tweet I posted last week that included a quiz about whether you could spot the difference between a myth or a fact about cancer, here's the quiz.

And finally: innovation - a favourite buzzword these days. But what does it mean? Watch this iPolitics Hot Topic panel discussion where the panelists explore how Canada can become a nation that innovates (hint - IP is part of the innovative equation).

Watch here: A nation that innovates