The Reclaiming Well Being Committee is a grassroots committee of healthcare providers and community members from Six Nations and New Credit that are committed to improving screening rates in Six Nations and New Credit. We welcome the Screen for Life Mobile Coach to Six Nations this month and encourage residents to visit for free breast, cervical and colon cancer screening.
“As a member of the Reclaiming Well Being Committee, a doctor and community member, I highly recommend cancer screening as part of people’s routine medical care,” says Dr. Amy Montour, Aboriginal Clinical Lead for the Regional Cancer Program. “These simple tests can catch cancer early, when it’s easier to treat.”
The 45-foot-long bus offers mammograms, pap tests and take-home FOBT kits (fecal occult blood test) to those who qualify. It’s staffed by a registered nurse, medical radiation technologist and booking clerk, and features a digital mammography suite, private exam room, sitting area and wheelchair accessibility.
Mammograms are recommended for women ages 50 to 74 with no signs of breast cancer and pap tests are offered to women ages 21 to 69 to screen for signs of cervical cancer.
The FOBT screens for signs of colon cancer. It’s recommended that residents ages 50 to 74 with no symptoms or family history take this easy take-home test every two years. The Coach nurse distributes FOBT kits to those who quality.
The Coach will be at Six Nations Iroquois Village Plaza on Friday, May 19 and Tuesday, May 23 to Friday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 905-975-4467 or 1-855-338-3131 to book your appointment. Drop-ins are also welcome.
Transportation is available on May 19, 25 and 26. Anyone needing a drive can call one of the above numbers to book.
Deena Klodt is aboriginal navigator for the Regional Cancer Program, member of the Reclaiming Well Being Committee.