In conjunction with the Spirit of Wellness month, a Café Scientifique entitled, Lower your risk of getting colorectal cancer, was held at the Edgewater Café and Grill in Kahnawake, last November, 2013. The Café was well-attended by members of the Mohawk community who engaged in a lively and informative discussion about colorectal cancer screening with three leading Canadian scientific, medical and nursing experts: Dr. Maida Sewitch, a medical scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), who was also the Café’s moderator, Dr. Alan Barkun, a gastroenterologist at the MUHC, and Candida Rice, a community health nurse at the Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre (KMHC). The Café was hosted by the RI-MUHC in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Aboriginal People’s Health and the KMHC.
The audience comprised community members, patients and healthcare professionals. The presentations covered many aspects of colorectal cancer and screening, including the biology of and risk factors for colorectal cancer, the benefits of early detection and treatment, the current Canadian guidelines for colorectal cancer screening and available screening tests, and the latest research findings on ways to improve people’s colorectal cancer screening experience. The event concluded with the presentation and accompanying description of a colonoscope, and information on how people in Kahnawake can get screened for colorectal cancer.
Overall, the Café was a huge success, with an excellent turnout and insightful discussion on how to prevent colorectal cancer and the importance of screening. Audience members gave positive feedback saying that they “enjoyed the excellent presentation and learned a lot” and that “just enough information and interesting statistics were provided.”
Stay tuned at muhc.ca/cafe-scientifique for our next Café Scientifique meeting!