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Mammograms help in the early detection of breast cancer. We helped purchase the 3rd mobile breast
cancer screening mammography unit (Sophie) in Manitoba. The mobile units are transported across the
province from Churchill to Emerson. This enables women from across the province better access to
mammography screening. They are also used at cultural centres to help educate and screen immigrant
women who may notbe familiar with breast cancer screening. We have also purchased a van to transport
themobile units throughout Manitoba. We have also supported upgrades to the mobile mammography
Manitoba Breast Cancer Screening program received new educational and office equipment. This helps
them reach more women, raise awareness and promote the mobile units coming to communities.
Waterproof self examination shower cards were purchased to hand out to women to assist them in
performing self examinations - something that is vital in the early detection of breast cancer.
We have purchased wigs for the wig program at CancerCare Manitoba. This program is especially needed
for women who have lost some or all of their hair due to cancer treatments.
The 2008 ride made it possible to purchase a camera called a Molecular Imager ChemiDoc XRS System
for CancerCare Manitoba. It is the most sensitive imaging machine, using a supersensitive camera for
viewing molecules within cells. It allows scientists to look closer at breast cancer tumours identifying
specific proteins and genetic material. This imaging system is essential to CancerCare Manitoba and is
With the proceeds from the 2009 and 2011 rides we were able to support clinical trials at CancerCare
Manitoba. A Clinical trial is research involving people.
The knowledge gained at a clinical trial will benefit Manitobans by: enhancing patient care; provide early
access to new cancer therapies and make new drugs available that are not yet commercially available, or
make available some newer commercially available drugs whose cost is not yet covered. People take part
in clinical trials to feel better or live longer, knowing that they are also helping other people now and in
the future. A trial allows them to gain access to the newest types of treatment and to be the first to benefit
from a new treatment while giving clinicians further knowledge and experience from clinical trials.
If a treatment proves effective in a study, it may become the new standard treatment that can help many
patients. Because of progress made through clinical trials, many people treated for cancer are now living
longer and have a better quality of life.
“The road to better health is paved with clinical research. It’s behind every pill, vaccine, diagnostic image, surgical procedure and medical treatment. Clinical research contributes to health care that’s based on real evidence, and it’s fundamental to keep improving our health care system.” Pamela Normandin, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Office of Research, Iowa Lutheran Hospital.
With the proceeds from the 2010 ride we were able to buy a new cargo van to transport the mobile mammography units across the province. This program enables more women access to breast cancer screening.
We are pleased to let you know that the money raised is going towards a mobile digital mammography unit that will travel across the province. Digital mammography is fast and allows the technologist to view the image immediately to ensure the quality of the image. After the exam the doctor can adjust or magnify the images to make it easier to see differences in tissues. Digital images can be sent electronically to other doctors or specialists to see.
We are now focusing on raising money for two projects. Project #1: Understanding and exploiting DLC1 tumor interactions with non-muscle myosin. Dr. Michael Mowat will study how anticancer drugs affect both normal and tumor cells, resulting in adverse side effects. Project #2: Design of a signal classification method for breast abnormality detection in remote communities. Dr. Stephen Pistorius and his team at CancerCare Manitoba are developing low power microwave technology and techniques for early stage breast cancer detection.
All the money raised stays in Manitoba and goes to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. We are proud that we are able to direct the funds into projects we choose from CancerCare Manitoba’s wish list. We have supported many projects that have made a difference in the health of Manitoban’s.