February 4th is World Cancer Day

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On this day, we at MNBC strive to raise awareness regarding Cancer and screening for all Métis people.  We know that a cancer diagnosis can be a very emotional and alienating time for a Métis person and their family.  MNBC is committed to ensuring that all Métis people in BC receive the supports they need while going through their Cancer Journey.

Last year, we hired four Regional Health Coordinators who are continuously collaborating with BC Cancer and their Regional Health Authorities to assist Métis patients and families on their Health journey.  Our Regional Health Coordinators are located in the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, the Interior and Northern B.C.

Over the past year, we have grown stronger not only as MNBC’s Ministry of Health, but also joining forces with other organizations, stakeholders and allied Health professionals which has led to some wonderful success for Metis people and their families.  We’re so excited to be working together on projects that better the health and wellness of all Métis people while they navigate the health care system.

Specifically, one of our partnerships is with University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), BC Centre of Disease Control (BCCDC), and the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre.  CervixCheck is a pilot that will allow for the first time ever, HPV self-screening. The screening kit allows testing to be done from the comfort of your own home.  CervixCheck will allow women between the ages of 30-65 to self-test and receive their results online and receive follow up care, as needed.  This project is currently being piloted in the Northwest region of BC, but we are hopeful in time we can expand so every Métis woman can be able to self-screen at home.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Cancer or interested in screening, please visit us online through MNBC at https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/649e3818-4775-4534-b783-2fa26bb3372b for some Métis specific resources and supports.  Or, you can also feel free to reach out to any of our Regional Health Coordinators for more information at health@mnbc.ca

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