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Cancer North of 60 has been incompletely described

Working to include Yukoners in APCaRI

APCaRI, represented by John Lewis and Catalina Vasquez, met with many Yukoners in Whitehorse recently to discuss the potential of including the North of 60 men in the registry and their samples in the biorepository. Sean Secord (photographed with John and Catalina), formerly with the Yukon Hospitals Foundation, talked with John on CBC Whitehorse radio about the challenges that Yukoners with cancer, and their families, have to manage and overcome to get testing and treatment. They are formidable; a recent article by Simkin et al., 2017 evaluated cancer mortality rates in the Yukon from 1999 to 2013 and found that they were elevated for prostate, female breast and lung, and colorectal cancers compared to both urban and rural populations in Canada South of the Yukon. The authors suggested that the high Yukon rates are, in part, due to the high percentage of Yukoners living in rural and very remote communities, making it necessary for patients to have to travel long distances for diagnoses and treatment. But even if the cancer patient lives in Whitehorse, (Yukon capital, population 25 085), cancer care options are limited due in part to a lack of oncologists and the specialized equipment needed.
John and Catalina met and had stimulating discussions with many people dedicated to improving cancer care in the North including the Yukon Ride for Dad organizers, representatives from the medical and laboratory communities and people living with cancer, and their families.
APCaRI is determined to find a way to include the Yukon men in the registry so that their valuable medical information and samples can be added to the prostate cancer research initiative and be an important part of improving prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment and care.

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It’s Movember, time to Grow a Mo for a Bro!

It’s Movember, time to grow your moustache to raise funds and awareness of some serious health risks that men face, like suicide, testicular cancer and prostate cancer. Maybe growing a moustache isn’t your thing? No problem, host a Mo-ment for the men in your life instead!

APCaRI is a key stakeholder in the TrueNTH Global Registry; contributing 92% of the submitted patients in February 2018. Recently described by Evans et al., 2017 in an article published in BMJ Open, this project was established as an international registry with the goal to monitor the care of men with localised prostate cancer from 13 Movember-fundraising countries. Prostate cancer treatment and outcomes for men vary according to where they live, their race and the care they receive. The TrueNTH Global Registry is collecting a dataset based on the International Consortium for Health Outcome Measures (ICHOM) so we can better understand how to improve the care and treatment of men with localized prostate cancer, regardless of ethnicity and geography.

Please check out previous APCaRI blog posts that have talked about Movember (@Movember); the international Mens’ health Awareness charity, and about TrueNTH (@TrueNTH_Canada); a program funded by Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) and the Movember Foundation that aims to improve the quality of life of men with prostate cancer and their families.

So start growing (or attach) your moustache today to raise funds and awareness to improve mens’ health!

- Perrin Beatty