In Honour of World Cancer Day

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On February 4th 2020, in honour of World Cancer Day, Métis Nation British Columbia was invited to attend the Elimination of Cervical Cancer in Canada Summit hosted by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPACC), in Toronto.   In attendance from MNBC was Minister of Health Susie Hooper, Provincial Wellness Manager, Ashley Turner and Katina Pollard, the Northern Regional Health Coordinator.

During the Summit there was an opportunity to participate in discussion around actionable steps towards the elimination of cervical cancer in Canada by 2030.  Presentations included information on the international progress from Australia on how they implemented their Action Plan.  Group break-out sessions allowed for providing guidance on how to address Métis specific priorities and actions going forward to eliminate cervical cancer within our Chartered Communities.

In Canada alone, over 1300 women are diagnosed every year with cervical cancer and of that number over 400 lose their battle with cancer.  There have been great strides to reduce cervical cancer in Canada but despite these efforts, the incidence still remains high in Métis women located in both rural and remote areas.

Canada’s action plan calls for increase awareness of the Human Papilomavirus or HPV vaccination, strengthening existing screening efforts and abnormal screening follow ups in an adequate time. Our target goals are to have 90% of individuals by age 17 fully vaccinated by 2025, and by 2030 have 90% of eligible Individuals screened with an HPV test and those with a positive test have a clear follow up plan communicated to them within 3 months of the test.

We’re excited to announce that with the commitment and collaboration with key partners we will be on track to eliminate Cervical Cancer by 2030.

If you have any questions or would like more information on the draft action plan, please feel free to email Katina Pollard, Northern Regional Health Coordinator at kpollard@mnbc.ca 

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