Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

January 26, 2012 17:15 ET

Government of Canada Funds Yukon HPV Awareness Project

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Jan. 26, 2012) - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today announced a community-based project to raise awareness of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection among young women, their partners and families.

"By supporting this project, Yukon residents will have better information about the risk factors and prevention practices to help protect themselves against cervical cancer linked to HPV," said Minister Aglukkaq.

HPV is the main risk factor for cervical cancer. Eligible young women can get the HPV vaccine to protect themselves against the two types of HPV that cause approximately 70 per cent of all cervical cancers.

The community-based project will involve First Nations health workers and elders, nurses, and other community members. This project is being carried out by the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research and the Community Nursing Division of Yukon Government's Department of Health and Social Services.

"We are pleased to be working with the Government of Canada and the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research on this project," said Yukon Health and Social Services Minister Doug Graham. "Awareness is the key to helping women protect themselves against HPV and cervical cancer."

Community consultations will take place in five different regions of the territory to identify community-specific needs and help shape the project. Along with these consultations, the project will develop HPV awareness tools. Public awareness efforts directed towards youth will include an HPV education program in schools.

FACT SHEET

INCREASING AWARENESS AND EDUCATION OF THE HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV) IN YUKON

SUMMARY

  • For 2011, estimates indicated that 1,300 Canadian women would be diagnosed with cervical cancer. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the main risk factor for cervical cancer.

  • There is a higher prevalence of HPV among women in northern Canada than in the general population.

  • The Government of Canada is supporting a project that will increase awareness of HPV and its links to cervical cancer in the Yukon.

  • This project is being funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada ($264,412) and carried out by the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research and the Yukon Government's Department of Health and Social Services.

Project Description

This project will increase awareness about HPV so that Yukon residents will be better equipped to make informed, healthy choices.

The project will be led by the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research, whose mandate is to facilitate and promote community-based, Northern-led health research activities aimed at improving the health of Yukon residents. An HPV Steering Committee will be formed, consisting of members from the Yukon Territorial Government's Department of Health and Social Services, nurses, First Nations health workers and elders, and other community members.

This project will include community workshop consultations to help develop HPV awareness tools and an HPV education program.

About the Public Health Agency of Canada's Cancer Program

The Public Health Agency of Canada's (PHAC) cancer program contributes to cancer prevention, particularly among vulnerable and at-risk populations. The cancer program is coordinated with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer to complement work in cancer prevention and control.

The cancer program distributes $4.8 million every year through its community-based component to support initiatives and models that can be used, adapted and shared to raise awareness and support behavioural change in order to prevent cancer among Canadians.

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Contact Information

  • Health Canada
    Cailin Rodgers
    Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
    Federal Minister of Health
    (613) 957-0200

    Public Health Agency of Canada
    Media Relations
    (613) 941-8189