May is Hemochromatosis Awareness Month in Canada

Posted March 15th, 2009 by webadmin

In Canada, May is Hemochromatosis Awareness Month. The Mayors of most Canadian cities and the Health Ministers of many provinces formally act to proclaim the need to become aware of hemochromatosis; the most common genetic disorder in Canada. In 2009, it will happen again.

Awareness month began in 1987 when 523 new diagnoses were directly attributed to the efforts of the Canadian Hemochromatosis Society. In some families two, three or more hemochromatosis victims were found. In one case, nine members from one family were subsequently found.

The Canadian Hemochromatosis Society knows there are several thousands suffering from hemochromatosis and millions who are affected by it and most are completely unaware they have it. It’s devastating effect on people and their families will continue to go untested, undiagnosed and untreated unless more awareness about hemochromatosis is done.

The Canadian Hemochromatosis Society is committed to reaching out across Canada and improving the awareness of this potentially fatal disorder. We know that if we identify one person with the disorder, we can help an entire family. Would you like to help?

You can make a difference. Explore our website and sign up to be a member of the society. Receive our regular and e-newsletter (email address required on sign-up). Donate to the society. The Canadian Hemochromatosis Society is a registered charitable non-profit organization. All those who contribute membership fees and donations receive a income tax receipt. By doing these things you become a part of the solution; to prevent needless suffering and early death from hemochromatosis.

Once you become a member, there is another way you can help. We really enjoy receiving ideas and suggestions from our membership how we can spread the word more effectively. We have volunteer opportuntites. Please get involved by contributing your time, energy and resources now.

Write me at or call 1-877-BAD-IRON

Thank you