Bladder Cancer Canada Awareness Month

The month of May is #BadderCancer Awareness Month in Canada. Along with the World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition and patient advocacy groups around the globe Bladder Cancer Canada has declared the month of May as Bladder Cancer Canada Awareness month. We are delighted that Health Canada has  officially recognizes our efforts each year.

Our campaign is focused on two intents for the month of May. Firstly, we are raising general awareness about bladder cancer across Canada and around the world. It is the 5th most prevalent cancer in Canada and in in most countries. Secondly, we are intent on reaching out to the 80,000 patients and their families across Canada to get them connected with us at Bladder Cancer Canada. We want to connect with YOU and your family and caregivers and get you enrolled in Bladder Cancer Canada so that you can tap into the resources we offer AND  you might even decide to get activtly involved. You can also connect with us on Facebook at Bladder Cancer Canada – Cancer De La Vessie on our national page or on one of our  20 Facebook community pages centered in our foundational walk communities across Canada. You will also find us on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIN and a very resourceful site on YouTube. We are here for you.

We are so thankful to members of the media across Canada who are supporting our efforts and in particular our partners at Corus Entertainment and their Global News Network.

#bladdercanceraware

With our #bladdercanceraware campaign this month, we are calling upon our volunteers, patients, families, urologists, oncologists, nurses, general practitioners and the public at large; to join with us to bring attention and awareness to this fifth most prevalent cancer in Canada. Did you know that #bladdercancer is the 4th most prevalent cancer amongst men in Canada and 12th for women? Yet, in funding, it is below 20th!

Some of the milestones this month will include a May 3rd lighting of Niagara Falls in orange. On May 23th the CN Tower in Toronto and the Toronto sign will be lit yellow, with a touch of red. Feel free to speak with officials in your community to request your local icon light up for #bladdercanceraware this month of May.

I Survived

I am personally proud to shout out the #BladderCancer awareness activity through #bladdercanceraware as a bladder cancer survivor myself. I had two non-muscle invasive tumours removed in March of 2014 followed by regular check-up cystoscopies and BCG treatments. My check ups since surgery have remained”all clear”. I am now into an annual check-up frequency. Thanks to Dr. Ron Kodama at Sunnybrook Health Sciences and his team for looking after my medical needs. I’ve taken the active step of getting involved with Bladder Cancer Canada as a board member and I am completing a three year position as volunteer board chair.

Spread the Word

YOU can help us this month by helping to spread the word about #bladdercanceraware as part of our effort to raise awareness coast to coast to coast in Canada for #bladdercancer. Feel free to retweet @BladderCancerCA or on Instagram @bladdercancercanada or post on Facebook. You can also gain more information and ideas about Bladder Cancer in Canada, and ways to support our awareness month of May at www.bladdercancercanada.org. Perhaps you will decide to volunteer, join a forum or make a donation to support the fight against this disease.

Please help shout out awareness for #BladderCancer Canada by using our #bladdercanceraware hashtag across your social networks this month.

Thanks for helping us gain greater awareness for Bladder Cancer. And for wellness sake, if you See Red – See Your Doctor !  @FergDevins