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International Women's Day - March 8, 2018

March 8, 2018

International Women's Day Message

International Women's Day has been celebrated since the early 1900's, as a result of women's movements in Europe and North America advocating for the empowerment of women and equal participation in society. The issues and concerns facing women have evolved over time.

As the President and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba, a medical oncologist and a woman, I would like to take the opportunity on this day to bring a message to all women on how we can empower ourselves and each other to take charge of our health by following a healthy lifestyle and being proactive in seeking medical attention. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women; however, lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related death in women. Living a healthy lifestyle, practicing prevention, and educating ourselves all go a long way to preventing cancer.

For those of you who have gone through the cancer journey yourselves or with loved ones, you can take this day to empower other women who are on the journey, by sharing your story and experience.

Although International Women's Day celebrates women, what it signifies is empowerment and equality for all - women, men and people of all gender identities. Our goal at CCMB is that "No Manitoban?s life is cut short by cancer and a life with cancer is a life well lived". Let us all join together in celebration of International Women?s Day to empower each other for a life well lived.

Sri Navaratnam
President and CEO, CancerCare Manitoba

Terry Fox Research Institute awards prestigious grant to help Manitoba cancer researcher tackle deadly brain cancer

March 7, 2018

WINNIPEG-Brain cancer research in Manitoba has received a boost with news that a local scientist has won a prestigious cancer research award from the Terry Fox Research Institute.

Dr. Sachin Katyal, a researcher at CancerCare Manitoba and the University of Manitoba, is the first researcher in Manitoba to receive the $450,000 Terry Fox New Investigator award for his "quick-to-clinic" personalized medicine approach to better treat patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).

"Everyone's so excited Manitoba has won a Terry Fox Research Institute award, especially because this province was Terry"s birthplace," says Dr. Katyal. "Glioblastoma is a pretty insidious disease and is almost like a death sentence -- it's got fairly grim statistics, and my goal is to change that."

He will use his award to analyze resistant brain cancer tumour cells to determine what DNA-damaging enzyme repair proteins are allowing cancer cells to survive following chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

The project's findings will have the potential to help people like Manitoban Lawrence Traa, who was diagnosed with glioblastoma more than five years ago. Having a Terry Fox Research Institute project funded in his province is very exciting, he says, both for himself and for future brain cancer patients.

"One of the toughest things for glioblastoma patients to come to terms with is that you may die from the disease," says Traa. "When we hear about research like this being done in Manitoba, it brings us hope."

Dr. Victor Ling, TFRI president and scientific director, is pleased to see the three-year award go to a Manitoba researcher. "These awards are given to promising new cancer clinicians and scientists who represent the future of cancer research. The Terry Fox Research Institute funds several major projects aiming to improve outcomes for glioblastoma patients, and we are pleased to support Dr. Katyal's work in DNA repair to help find cures for this disease."

"This research funding and the partnership among the Terry Fox Research Institute, CancerCare Manitoba and the University of Manitoba, ensures the continuation of transformational research that improves patients lives in Manitoba," adds Dr. Digvir S. Jayas, vice-president (research) and Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba.

"Through this New Investigator award, Dr. Katyal will be able to network with brain cancer researchers across the country with the potential to impact brain cancer patients," says Dr. Spencer Gibson, Head of Cell Biology at CancerCare Manitoba?s Research Institute and TFRI Prairie Node Lead.

More than 2,500 Canadians are diagnosed with brain cancer each year, and GBM is the most common -- and aggressive tumour. [Note: In October 2017, Tragically Hip band member Gord Downie died of this disease.]

NOTE: More information about Dr. Katyal?s research is available online at:

To interview Dr. Katyal or patient Lawrence Traa please contact:

Katelyn Verstraten, 604-675-8000 ext. 7630;

About The Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI)
Launched in October 2007, The Terry Fox Research Institute is the brainchild of The Terry Fox Foundation and today functions as its research arm. TFRI seeks to improve significantly the outcomes of cancer research for the patient through a highly collaborative, team-oriented, milestone-based approach to research that will enable discoveries to translate quickly into practical solutions for cancer patients worldwide. TFRI collaborates with more than 80 cancer hospitals and research organizations across Canada. TFRI headquarters are in Vancouver, B.C. For more information please visit and follow us on Twitter (@tfri_research).

This news release is being issued jointly by the Terry Fox Research Institute, CancerCare Manitoba and the University of Manitoba

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Don't just sit there. Get Checked!

March 2, 2018

March is Colon Cancer Screening Awareness Month

Did you know?

  • Colon cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Manitoba.
  • You are at higher risk for colon cancer if you are age 50 and over.
  • There are no early warning symptoms of colon cancer.
  • There is a test you can do at home to screen for colon cancer. Click here to request a test.

Most men and women age 50-74 should do a home screening test every two years. Click to learn more!

To lower your risk of colon cancer:

  1. Live a healthy lifestyle
    • Eat foods high in fibre
    • Get regular physical activity
    • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
    • Be smoke-free
    • Limit the amount of red meat and processed meat you eat.
  2. Get Checked with a home screening test every 2 years if you are between ages 50-74.

Connect with us on social media @getcheckedmb!

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Update2 - Mobile Breast Screening Vehicles

February 28, 2018

The mobile breast screening vehicle will be in Steinbach the first couple of weeks in March.

We have a limited number of appointments available; please call us at 1-855-95-CHECK to book a screening mammogram appointment.

Appointments at one of our fixed sites can also be made by calling 1-855-95-CHECK.

Please refer back to this page for regular updates.

World Cancer Day - February 4th 2018

January 29, 2018

Individuals and communities around the world will gather together on Sunday, February 4th for World Cancer Day - to raise awareness about cancer and to help make it a global health priority.

At CancerCare Manitoba, we will mark the occasion on Monday, February 5th.

This year's theme is "We can. I can." - to explore how everyone - together and individually - can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

In Manitoba, 20 people a day receive a cancer diagnosis.

Globally, 14 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year. The number of new cancer cases is expected to increase by 40% in the next 15 years - because of aging and lifestyle choices we are making.

The World Health Organization calls this an imminent global cancer disaster.

The good news is that with new treatments and technology, people are living longer with cancer than ever before.

In Manitoba, as individuals and as communities, we can raise awareness about cancer in a variety of ways:

As Individuals, you and I can:

  • Make healthy lifestyle choices by avoiding tobacco, getting enough physical activity, maintaining a healthy diet, limiting alcohol intake, and practicing sun safety;
  • Early detection often makes cancer easier to treat. You and I need to participate in CancerCare Manitoba screening programs for early detection of breast, colorectal, and cervical cancer;
  • You and I can support cancer patients and survivors both physically and emotionally, even after treatment ends;
  • You can share stories about your own cancer experience, to help make positive changes for those affected by cancer.

All together, we can bring awareness about cancer to the community that we live in and to the public at large, nationally and globally:

  • We can provide education about the association between lifestyle choices and cancer risk;
  • We can encourage schools and workplaces to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Let us all commit today, on World Cancer Day, here in Manitoba, to work together for our common goal - ?No Manitoban?s life is cut short by cancer and a life with cancer is a life well lived?.

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