Tammy Northam, Executive Director of Bladder Cancer Canada, sat down with Brad from The Morning Buzz to talk about their Bladder Cancer Awareness Walk on Sunday, Sept 25th at Riverside Park in Cambridge.
Did you know that Bladder Cancer Canada was started just 7 years ago by a couple of patients? And that The Awareness Walk is responsible for 80% of the funding for Bladder Cancer Canada? Listen for more and you can visite the Bladder Cancer Canada website (right here) for more details and to sign up for, or donate to, the Awareness Walk.
Some more facts Tammy wants you to know:
– People are surprised to hear that bladder cancer is the fifth most common cancer in Canada
– It’s a highly unknown and underfunded cancer.
– Most common risk factor is smoking but can show up even when there are no risk factors
– Ranks 20th in terms of research funding among top 24 cancers despite being fifth most common
– Most expensive cancer to treat because of a high recurrence rate
– There is no screening test for bladder cancer like there is for so many other cancers
– Blood in the urine is the most common symptom.
– If you have blood in the urine you should ensure you see a urologist and rule out bladder cancer as the cause.
– No new drugs have been approved by Health Canada for bladder cancer in over 30 years.
– Bladder Cancer Canada is working on improving all of these stats.
– We raise money to fund research, increase awareness and educate and support patients
– Bladder Cancer Canada was founded in 2009 by two patients who realized there was no organization for bladder cancer that existed in Canada.
– Seven years later we have walks in 20 locations across Canada and aim to raise $550K nationwide this year and $13K in Waterloo region.