Immigrant illnesses

A University of Ottawa study has found that many immigrants in Canada have illnesses that are going untreated, Canwest New Service reported. Life threatening illnesses such as tuberculosis, hepatitis B, cervical cancer and HIV are among illnesses that are getting missed because newcomers to Canada don't know they're treatable and doctors don't think to screen for them. The study found other challenges such as language barriers and a lack of family doctors increased the likelihood of maladies going untreated.

Published: Wednesday, 06/09/2010 12:00 am EDT

A University of Ottawa study has found that many immigrants in Canada have illnesses that are going untreated, Canwest New Service reported. Life threatening illnesses such as tuberculosis, hepatitis B, cervical cancer and HIV are among illnesses that are getting missed because newcomers to Canada don't know they're treatable and doctors don't think to screen for them. The study found other challenges such as language barriers and a lack of family doctors increased the likelihood of maladies going untreated.

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