Hope is on the horizon. Thanks to cutting-edge research and science, much of which has been led by researchers at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, in collaboration with other experts and agencies in the field, we now have the answers to end cervical cancer at home and abroad.
What if I wasn’t there for them? It felt like a clock was now ticking. I had an impossible decision to make – radiation therapy or surgical removal of my cervix and uterus? The choice was excruciating.
Too many women face this unbearable threat to their lives. Needlessly.
Each year in Canada, 1,300 women learn they have cervical cancer. It hits them in the prime of their life, from the ages of 30 to 50. Sadly, each year 390 of them will die.
Their children will be motherless. Their families will be affected forever. You can help today with your donation.
On my journey with cervical cancer I learned that it is one of the world’s most deadly forms of cancer.
Ironically, it’s also one of the most preventable.
That’s why researchers at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre have been working so hard to change the cervical cancer story. They know their local action is paving the way for the global eradication of cervical cancer.
Thankfully, there are people like you supporting their progress! I’m so incredibly grateful for your support.
Today, while you're reading this, I urge you to make a generous donation. Your gift will help so that fewer women like me have to battle cervical cancer. And it will help ensure our daughters never go through what I did.
You see, researchers at BC Women’s are leading the way in the science of preventing cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer has been proven to be linked to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Thanks to research, it’s possible to vaccinate to prevent HPV infection.
These brilliant researchers are determined to put an end to cervical cancer in our lifetime! They have a three part plan:
1. They are influencing international protocols for vaccination
2. They are creating screening tests for earlier detection
3. And they are advancing treatment for a disease that takes lives needlessly.
I’m happy to tell you that I’m thriving today, two years after my diagnosis. I chose surgery to remove my cancer. Today I’m alive and here for my family.
As for the future: with your help, my daughters and other women won’t experience cervical cancer, thanks to the vaccine.
With that in mind, you’ll be happy to know that BC Women’s researchers are working to make vaccination and screening even easier. They are dedicated to battling a disease that claims the lives of women across the globe by starting right here.
Your gift to the women of BC will soon be British Columbia’s gift to the rest of the world. You can change things for the girl next door, as well as girls and women who are the most impoverished or marginalized – indigenous women, immigrants and low-income women will all benefit from your support of this historical work.
BC Women’s researchers are creating and sharing new knowledge, but they can’t do it alone. It will take the help of visionary donors, like you, to initiate the global change that will soon turn cervical cancer into a distant memory.
You can help eradicate cervical cancer forever – at home and abroad. That’s a powerful gift to give. Please make your donation without delay.
With warmest wishes for you and yours,
Mother of Two Daughters, and Cervical Cancer Survivor
P.S. You can be a part of medical history this holiday season by making your donation to BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation. Let’s stop cervical cancer in its tracks!
Every year, 270,000 women worldwide and between 400-600 women in Canada die from cervicalcancer. It is one of the world’s deadliest but most easily preventable forms of cancer. Projections estimate that by 2030, almost half a million women will die annually of cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer impacts women in the prime of their life, typically between the ages of 30-50 years. It is a disease that preys on women with the least resources, those who are marginalized, immigrant, Aboriginal, women of colour or low-income, whether they live here in Canada or in developing nations.
We have the ability to eliminate the HPV virus from the general population, saving many more women’s lives and reduce the drain on precious health resources.
Women and girls in Canada and in developing nations continue to die needlessly from a cancer that is completely preventable. We have the answers – it’s time to put an end to cervical cancer.
BC Women’s research team, led by world renowned scientists Dr. Gina Ogilvie (pictured left) and Dr. Deborah Money, continues to break new ground and lead transformational new knowledge and practices.
BC Women’s is home to the world’s leading experts in HPV, writing the national and informing international guidelines on the HPV vaccine and screening. The team has influenced global policy on cervical cancer prevention through the 2 dose vaccine, and helped to create innovative methods for cost-effective screening that is saving women’s lives in developing countries.
This outstanding team has the capacity to provide the WHO with the tools and methods it needs to eradicate cervical cancer.
BC Women’s with its PHSA partners comprise a unique team of multidisciplinary researchers and is one of the only areas of cancer where scientists from the fields of infectious diseases, obstetrics, oncology, virology, and vaccinology are working together to create and share new knowledge to put an end to this deadly disease.
With expertise across the entire spectrum of cervical cancer issues, from primary prevention to surgical intervention, BC Women’s has the proven track record, funding of more than $35 million from research institutes, and the ability to deliver tangible results. We can be a catalyst for global change.
Ending cervical cancer is akin to the eradication of polio. Once a disease feared worldwide that paralyzed people for life, the invention of the polio vaccine and roll-out of global vaccination programs has reduced polio among the world’s population by 99%. Today it survives only in the most marginalized and poorest communities. BC Women’s is poised to do for cervical cancer what the polio vaccination has done to polio.
The Global Eradication of Cervical Cancer can be accomplished. We have the plan.
All we need is you.
The tools are before us to turn cervical cancer into a distant memory. This deadly cancer can become the next global disease eradication success. It is a lofty goal, but one that is completely accomplishable within our lifetime.
Finding the right combination of effective and affordable tools to prevent and treat cervical cancerat home and abroad will mean the difference between life and death for millions of women and girls.
The answer is within our reach - please make a donation to help realize the end of cervicalcancer.
BC Women’s Hospital Foundation is raising funds to support the life-saving, multi-disciplinary research being led by BC Women’s and its collaborating scientific partners that will end this disease for all women, nationally and internationally.
Funds will advance research into prevention, intervention, treatment and ultimately, the eradication of cervical cancer.
It’s about propelling Canada’s leadership in medical advancement, enhancing resources, benefitting economies, keeping families together and most importantly, saving women’s lives.
Help lead the global effort to eradicate cervical cancer by making a donation.
Dr. Gina Ogilvie, Canada Research Chair, Global Control of HPV-related Diseases and Women’s Cancers; Assistant Director, Women's Health Research Institute, BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC and a physician at BC Women’s. Dr. Ogilvie is leading a $6 million clinical trial – The HPV Focal Study - comparing HPV testing to pap screening, the only one of its kind in North America with results that will inform international health policy guidelines. Dr. Ogilvie is also the global lead for ASPIRE (Advances in Screening and Prevention in Reproductive Cancers), an international partnership examining innovative methods to prevent cancers for women in low and middle income setting. Her work is supported by global partners, and is highly influential in establishing policies to bridge the cancer divide for women. She has over 80 peer reviewed publications and stewards over $25 million dollars in research grants in the field of women’s health.
Dr. Deborah Money, Executive Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, and former VP Research at BC Women's hospital, is one of only 5 clinical researchers in Canada with specialized training in Reproductive Infectious Disease. Dr. Money is internationally recognized for her ground-breaking work including the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, infectious diseases in pregnancy, and HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. She currently leads CIHR funded studies on the impact of the HPV vaccine on HIV+ girls. Dr. Money is a global leader in research on the prevention of preterm birth through the understanding of the vaginal microbiome; and the use of genomic technology to generate simple diagnostic and personalized therapy for women at risk. She is Past President of the International Infectious Diseases Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a leading creator of provincial and national guidelines for the treatment of HIV in pregnancy. Dr. Money has published over 130 peer reviewed journals and currently stewards over $10 million in research grants.