Five Minutes Can Save Your Life

Five Minutes Can Save Your Life

Oral Cancer is on the rise, particularly among young, healthy, non-smokers. More and more people are diagnosed each year with this largely preventable type of cancer that affects the mouth and/or part of the throat. Most oral cancers are related to tobacco use, alcohol use, or both. Awareness of Oral Cancer is not increasing. But, it needs to.

The Never Alone Foundation along with Sirius Benefit Plans and the Manitoba Dental Association are holding a Free Oral Cancer Screening event on Saturday, April 29, 10am to 4pm at Polo Park Shopping Centre community centre booth (located by The Bay)

Because oral cancer can spread quickly, early detection is important. An oral cancer exam can identify early signs of this disease. The exam is quick and painless, and can be done during your regular dental check-up.

Exams are fast, private, and performed by Oral Health Professionals. Blue Bomber Alumni will be on site.

Blue Bombers Alumnus and former CFL Executive Lyle Bauer conceived the Never Alone Foundation after being diagnosed with throat cancer in 2004. “When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I can tell you that in spite of family and friends, I had never felt so alone and unsure of what the future would bring,” recalled Bauer, who has since successfully fought the disease.

His experience with the disease and the support he received from friends, family, and cancer service providers inspire him to help other cancer patients to let them know that they are Never Alone.

From revitalizing the rooms of a palliative care unit and a blood and marrow unit to providing funds to stage a puppet program to explain the effects of cancer to children, the Never Alone Foundation continues to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. Never Alone Foundation also provides gift baskets, food and gas gift certificates, books, advice on who to contact for other services and more importantly to simply lend an ear and the opportunity to talk with someone who has gone through this same journey.