Oct 07, 2020
By Valerie Massie
Zoomer Radio listeners have once again shown their generosity by helping our own Jane Brown raise funds for much needed bladder cancer research and patient support.
This year, during a financially challenging time for many, more than $8600 has been donated to sponsor Jane’s team in the annual Bladder Cancer Awareness Walk, in memory of her Mom, Sandy Brown, who died of metastasized bladder cancer in 2012.
This year’s contribution adds to a total of nearly $50,000 for Bladder Cancer Canada (BCC) since Jane began entering a team in 2015.
This year, Jane and her teammates walked in small groups because of public health guidelines around the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s Jane with her husband Myron, father Bob, and children Jacob, Jamie and Nicole.
In 2019, Bladder Cancer Canada funded over $275,000 in bladder cancer research. Since BCC supported its very first $25,000 grant in 2012, the charity has funded over $1.1 million in research, with an additional $434,500 in matched funds for a total of more than $1.5 million dollars.
By the end of 2020, BCC expects to have funded nearly $1.9 million dollars in bladder cancer research. This incredible milestone has been made possible because of BCC’s supportive donors and valued research funding partners.
BCC also offers support to the 80,000 bladder cancer patients in Canada, with 12,000 new patients diagnosed annually.
Blood in the urine is the most common symptom of bladder cancer. It does not necessarily indicate bladder cancer is a certainty. Several conditions can cause blood in your urine (called hematuria). But it’s important to be checked by your doctor as soon as possible to seek treatment for what’s causing the blood in the urine and to rule out bladder cancer as the cause.
Just because there is no pain, your condition may still be serious. Although the condition may be a bladder infection or urinary tract infection (UTI), be sure to ask your physician to do some tests to confirm that it is just an infection. If there is any doubt, ask for a referral to a urologist to investigate. Early detection of bladder cancer is critical to receiving timely and effective treatment. It may save your life!
During the COVID-19 pandemic, BCC encourages anyone who sees blood in their urine to still seek medical help. A reasonable place to start is with a call to your family physician for further instructions. Many doctor’s offices have turned to meeting with patients via Telehealth. If you do not have a family doctor, there are also a number of public Telehealth options available. You can find a list of provincial services on our FAQ page here.