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  • "I wish I had breast cancer."

    That's the controversial "envy" campaign commissioned by British charity Pancreatic Cancer Action, highlighting pancreatic cancer's poor survival rates compared to other forms of the disease.

    According to the ad, just three per cent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are alive five years later, compared with 85 per cent of breast cancer patients and 97 per cent of men diagnosed with testicular cancer.

    The campaign was met with outrage. Breast cancer survivors emphasized they'd wish their cancer "upon NO ONE. Not a single person."

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    "I can’t speak for anyone else’s experience, but believe me, when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma and faced my own statistical likelihood of imminent death, I didn’t wish I’d been given breast cancer instead. You know what I wished for? To get better," writes Salon's Mary Elizabeth Williams. "I was lucky that I did. And I don’t look around

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  • Subway is the latest food company to ban a controversial chemical in its products after public pressure suggesting it is unsafe according to scientific research.


    Following the launch of a petition by well-known food blogger Vani Hari, the fast food giant pledged to remove azodicarbonamide, a chemical used in yoga mats and shoe rubber, from its bread products in North America.

    "We are already in the process of removing azodicarbonamide from our bread as part of our bread improvement process," Subway says on their company Facebook page.

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    The chemical is not used in other markets, such as Europe and Australia, where it is banned. However, it is currently being used in Canada and the United States where it is legal.

    The World Health Organization has linked the chemical additive -- used as a bleaching agent in Subway's bread -- to respiratory issues, allergies and asthma.

    Hari, who runs, challenged Subway to discontinue the use of

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  • Valentine’s Day gift giving etiquette

    There are many ways to show your sweetie you care this Valentine's Day. (Thinkstock)Valentine's Day is just around the corner and whether you've been with your sweetie for a few weeks or 15 years, the rules and etiquette around gift giving can seem confusing.

    We recently spoke with relationship expert Ashley Howe to get her advice on Valentine's Day gifting etiquette. Here are her tips for banishing awkward gift giving exchanges:

    1. Don't break the bank for new lovers

    If you've been dating less than a couple of months, a gift is not necessary. In fact, a survey by found that Canadians believe gift giving should start after one or two months of dating. Beyond that time frame, spending around $50 or more is acceptable.

    "You don’t always need to spend a lot of money to show you care. A small gesture will always be appreciated, no matter how long you’ve been dating," says Howe.

    2. Stay away from "commitment gifts" in a new relationship

    Some gifts can put too much pressure on a newly formed relationship. For example, an expensive piece of jewellery or

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