NWT Health Authority releases series of cancer information videos

Dr. Leah Seaman is a physician with the NTHSSA. She explains cancer in the first video of the series. (Screenshot from the "What is Cancer?" video).

The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority has released 11 videos to help residents understand various cancers.

According to a news release, the videos come from a handful of community consultations across the NWT.

So far, only five of the 11 videos have been released, including “What is Cancer?”, “Reducing Cancer Risks”, and three on cervical cancer.

Colorectal and breast cancer will also have three videos each explaining how best to address the illness, including screening.

The release does not mention when these other videos will be released.

“It is with informative and relatable resources such as these videos that helps debunk myths that may be associated with these cancers and eliminate anxiety around their respective screening tests,” said Sue Cullen in a statement, CEO of the NTHSSA.

According to the news release, the videos are part of the Northwest Territories Cancer Strategy, and were done in partnership with the University of Alberta’s Indigenous and Global Health Research group.

The funding for the series came from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions.

All the videos can be found on the GNWT’s Let’s Talk About Cancer page.

About the Author

Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com