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  • Generations of women in one familiy (Thinkstock)Generations of women in one familiy (Thinkstock)

    Every single day, more than 500 Canadians hear the words that everyone dreads: “You have cancer.”

    With the population growing and aging, new cancer cases are expected to increase by about 40 per cent by 2030, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.

    Regardless of what age or life stage you’re at, however, there are steps you can take to diminish your chances of being diagnosed with the disease.

    “We do now that about half of all cancers can be prevented by not smoking, eating well, being active, and maintaining a healthy body weight,” says Stacey Berisavac, manager of health promotion with the Canadian Cancer Society’s BC and Yukon division.

    Those behaviours she mentioned are all healthy habits to last a lifetime. People can take even more preventive action during every decade of their life to help keep cancer at bay.

    Your 20s

    “I call this the invincible decade,” Berisavac says, but it’s also a decade when people can lay the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and do a lot to reduce

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    Besides a good book, the other must-have item in your beach bag this summer is a bottle of sunscreen. The risk of skin cancer is greater today than it was 20 years ago and continues to rise, according to the Canadian Cancer Society. But before you grab any old bottle off the drugstore shelf, keep in mind that not all sunscreens are created equal.

    The Washington, DC-based Environmental Working Group recently analyzed 1,700 products for its 2015 Guide to Sunscreens. It came up with some disturbing results.

    A staggering 80 percent of lotions and sprays it reviewed offer inadequate protection against dangerous ultraviolet radiation or contain harmful ingredients.

    SPF of “50+” a red herring

    The non-profit EWG pulls the trigger on sunscreens claiming to have a sun protection factor (SPF) greater than 50+. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called SPF values of  50 and up “inherently misleading” and has even proposed prohibiting the sale of these sunscreens.

    Here’s the

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  • Perin mixes cosmetics in her home laboratory. (Tyler Perin)Perin mixes cosmetics in her home laboratory. (Tyler Perin)

    Sephora might be a utopia for makeup lovers, but independent makeup companies shouldn’t be overlooked because of worries over sanitation standards.

    “As a small-batch cosmetics company, I try my absolute hardest to put out a safe, quality product that my customers can trust with each and every batch,” said Liisa Perin, owner of Chirp Cosmetics Company, an artisan cosmetic company based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

    Artisan, or ‘indie‘ cosmetic companies, are usually run by individuals or small teams. While many of these company owners create the products in their home, it is incorrect to assume that their products are less safe or lower quality than those sold from large brands.

    Many artisan cosmetic manufacturers will only use the best ingredients they can get their hands on, in order to maintain a high-quality product. 

    “Talc is often used in mineral makeup, but I consider that to be a filler,” said Perin. “There are other ingredients that can be used in place of talc such as rice

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