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Cervical Cancer Risk

A new study from the B.C. Cancer Agency demonstrates a need to target recent Chinese immigrants for cervical cancer screening awareness. Only 50% of 776 Chinese women in Vancouver and Richmond reported having had a Pap test in the past two years, compared with a provincial average of 67%. Rates were lowest for women from Mainland China, as well as those who have never married, with the least education, those who have little fluency in English, those with the lowest household income and those living in subsidized housing. The cervical cancer rate for Chinese women has previously been found to be twice that of white women in B.C., and the risk of cervical cancer for Chinese women compared to white women in other geographical areas has been found to be as much as four times greater.

Source - BCCA study published in the December issue of the B.C. Medical Journal.

Ethnicity in the Electronic Age: Looking at the Internet Through a Multicultural Lens

A 40-page report based on a study of online attitudes and practices among African-Americans, Hispanics and the general market finds African-Americans and Hispanics use the Internet for different purposes than the general market. African-Americans are more likely to use the Web for career advancement and professional development, education, family and relationships and entertainment, while Hispanics are more likely to use the Internet as a major source of news. Both were less likely than the general market to search for financial or technological information online, but they were more concerned than other users about the impact of the Internet on children and families.

Download the full text of the report at Worldwide Cultural Access Group

First Annual Inclusion Award

The DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Ontario is seeking for individuals and organizations who understand that by including people with disabilities in all life activities, we are all enriched. Inclusion is people with and without disabilities participating together in all life activities. Help DAWN look for those in the province of Ontario who understand the value and beauty of inclusion. Nominations must be received by 31 April 2001.

Information and nomination forms can be found at

Manitoba Pharmacists Set to Offer Morning-after Pill

The morning-after pill could be available to Manitoba women without the need for a doctor’s prescription as early as this spring, say officials at Manitoba Health. Manitoba is following the lead of British Columbia, which in December allowed pharmacists who had gone through a half-day certification process to prescribe the drug themselves. While the changes need the nod from officials at Manitoba Health, Assistant Deputy Minister Rick Dedi says objections to proposals from the association are rare.

Source - Winnipeg Free Press

Money for Cash-strapped Women’s Centres

Since Quebec overhauled its health-care system five years ago, the number of people showing up at women’s centres for everything from bus tickets to self-defence has tripled. Demonstrating in front of Health Minister Pauline Morois’s office in Montreal, exhausted centre workers from across Quebec said enough is enough - the centres need financial support to stay open. ‘Three times as many women are being referred to us from emergency rooms, hospitals, CLSCs, psychologists and psychiatrists who don’t know what to do with them,’ said Sylvia Martinez, president of the Regroupement des Centres de Femmes Quebec. If the centres don’t receive more funding, some will close for days, weeks or even permanently, sending women in distress back to already overflowing emergency rooms, she warned.

Source - The Gazette (Montreal)