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  • Cancer

    The Facts There are over 100 different types of cancer. It can affect almost any organ in the body. The most common forms of

    Cancer of the Bladder

    The Facts In cancer of the bladder, certain harmful cells invade the bladder and destroy healthy cells, which cause the bladder not to function

    Cancer of the Cervix

    The Facts Cervical cancer affects the cervix, which is a part of the female reproductive system. The cervix is the lowest portion of a

    Cancer of the Esophagus

    The Facts The esophagus is a muscular tube between the mouth and stomach. It’s about 25 cm to 35 cm (10 to 14 inches) long in

    Cancer of the Larynx

    The Facts The larynx, also called the voice box or Adam’s apple, is the part of the body that allows humans to produce sounds

    Cancer Pain

    The Facts People with cancer often feel severe or constant pain. The pain they experience depends on the type of cancer they have, the


    The Facts Candidiasis, also called thrush or moniliasis, is a yeast infection. Candida albicans is an organism that normally makes a quiet home for

    Canker Sores

    The Facts Canker sores are small sores that appear on the inside of the mouth, especially the cheeks, the inside of the lips, and

    Carcinoid Syndrome

    The Facts Carcinoid syndrome is a pattern of symptoms that occurs in people who have carcinoid tumours. The symptoms are caused by hormones and

    Carotid Artery Disease

    The Facts Carotid artery disease, or carotid artery stenosis, refers to a narrowing within the carotid arteries that is usually caused by the buildup

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    The Facts Carpal tunnel syndrome is due to squeezing of the median nerve as it passes through the wrist to the hand. This nerve


    The Facts Cataracts are a condition where the lens (a part of the eye that focuses light) becomes cloudy. The lenses in the eyes

    Celiac Disease

    The Facts Celiac disease is also called celiac sprue, non-tropical sprue, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy. It is a hereditary autoimmune condition in which a person


    The Facts Cellulitis is a serious infection that spreads under the skin, affecting soft tissues such as the skin itself and the fat underneath

    Cerebral Palsy

    The Facts Cerebral palsy is a name given to a group of different nervous system disorders that are present at birth or appear in


    The Facts Chickenpox is a preventable illness caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It was very common before the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine was introducted.

    Childhood Vaccination

    The Facts Children are born with a natural immunity to certain infections. Antibodies pass through the mother’s placenta to the fetus before birth, protecting


    The Facts Chlamydia is the most commonly reported bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in Canada, affecting youths and young adults most often, with young


    The Facts Cholera is a bacterial infection of the small bowel that can cause severe diarrhea and dehydration. There have been seven great pandemics

    Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

    The Facts Leukemia is a type of cancer of the bone marrow and blood. It was first discovered in the 19th century by European

    Chronic Pain

    The Facts Everyone has experienced pain at some time or other. A cut, a sports injury, childbirth, surgery, or kidney stones all can produce

    Chronic Renal Failure

    The Facts Chronic renal failure, or chronic kidney disease (CKD), is a slow and progressive decline of kidney function. It’s usually a result of

    Club Foot

    The Facts Congenital talipes equinovarus, commonly known as club foot, is a foot deformity in which the foot is twisted inward with the toes

    Cold Sores

    The Facts Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are caused by a virus. They usually appear around the mouth and on the lips.


    The Facts It’s appropriate that we should still call this condition by its medieval name “colic,” since we know about as much about its

    Colon Cancer

    The Facts The colon is what we commonly call the last 6 feet of the intestines, which leads from the small intestine to the

    Colour Blindness

    The Facts Colour blindness is a condition where the eyes have trouble distinguishing certain colours. Most people have either red or green colour blindness.


    The Facts A concussion is a brain injury of such severity that it alters the way the brain functions for a short period of

    Congestive Heart Failure

    The Facts Congestive heart failure (CHF) occurs when the heart isn’t able to pump blood normally. As a result, there is not enough blood


    The Facts Conjunctivitis, also known as “pink-eye,” is a common eye condition. It’s an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the membrane that covers the white


    The Facts Constipation occurs when stool or waste material moves too slowly through the large intestine. Feces that stay in the bowel too long


    The Facts It’s important for sexually active people to be aware of the different types of contraception available. Contraception has two primary roles. It

    Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

    The Facts Often simply called bypass surgery, this operation is extremely effective in relieving symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD) and angina. It can

    Coronary Artery Disease

    The Facts Coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common type of heart disease, refers to the narrowing of arteries that supply blood to the

    Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

    The Facts Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a very rare, fatal disease that attacks the nervous system. There are two types of CJD: classical CJD

    Crohn’s Disease

    The Facts Crohn’s disease is a chronic condition in which there is chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract or “bowel.” It is one


    The Facts If your child has a harsh and barking cough (which sounds a bit like a seal), hoarseness, runny nose, and a mild

    Cuts and Scrapes

    The Facts Your skin is your body’s largest organ and plays a big role in keeping you healthy. It helps to regulate your body

    Cyclothymic Disorder

    The Facts Cyclothymic disorder, also called cyclothymia, is a type of mood disorder where people experience numerous periods of mood “highs” and “lows” that

    Cystic Fibrosis

    The Facts Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited (genetic) disease in which excess mucus clogs the lungs, prevents food from being digested, and damages

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