What Does Stair Climbing Have in Common with Cancer Research?


Prostate cancer is not talked about as much as it should be. Men are more afraid than women to admit that they suffer from this condition so the Step Up Challenge is looking to raise awareness for it. This event is focused on raising funds for prostate cancer research and getting people to find out more about the symptoms and treatment options.

Stair climbing and cancer research

Going back to the title of this article, the event is meant to get people to go up and down the flights of stairs from some of Edmonton’s tallest skyscrapers. Mark Mahl is one of the people that went up and down the flights of stairs. How many? Well, he climbed up and down the stairs from 5 different skyscrapers. By the end of this activity he calculated that he climbed 339 floors, which would amount to almost 3000 calories being burned.

He did this with his father in mind. His father died of prostate cancer five years ago and he felt that by participating in this event he would commemorate his memory. Other people have decided to join this challenge in order to show their support for those that suffer from prostate cancer.

The event raised almost $77 000 for prostate cancer research.

Prostate cancer – key factors

It has been estimated that around one out of seven men are diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lives. One doctor in particular, Dr. Kerry Courneya, says that early detection is key when dealing with prostate cancer. He wanted to add that middle aged men should go and get tested regularly.

Perhaps the best way to make the lives of those that suffer from this form of cancer better is exercise. It has been seen that it increases the overall wellbeing of patients.

Karen and her husband live on a plot of land in British Columbia. They aim to grow and raise a significant part of their food by maintaining a vegetable garden, keeping a flock of backyard chickens and foraging. They are also currently planning a move to a small cabin they hand built. Karen’s academic background in nutrition made her care deeply about real food and seek ways to obtain it. Thus sprung Anna’s interest in backyard gardening, chicken and goat keeping, recycling and self-sufficiency.


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