Hemochromatosis:the Importance of Early Detection and Treatment

Hemochromatosis: The Importance of Early Detection and Treatment Date: Thursday, October 6th at 7:30pm Venue: Programming Room (2nd floor), Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street (free parking) Dr. Paul Adams, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Gastroenterology at the University of Western Ontario, who has been working in the field of hemochromatosis and iron overload since 1977, will present the latest information on this, the most common genetic disorder in Canada. It is estimated that 1 in 300 Canadians have this disorder and as many as 1 in 200 in those of European and Celtic decent. However, it is very often missed, simply because the symptoms are very general at first, and serious disorders often do not appear until the patient is over 60. The key is to diagnose it as early as possible, before any damage has occurred. There is no cure, but it is very simple to treat. By removing blood the iron levels can be managed and, as long as they meet all the other criteria for donation, patients can donate blood to the Canadian Blood Services. Definitely a win-win situation. The session is presented by the Canadian Hemochromatosis Society and will be suitable for members of the medical profession as well as interested public. Please contact Caroline Harvey-Smith at: too.much.iron.guelph@gmail.com


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