About Canadian Hemochromatosis Society
The Canadian Hemochromatosis Society (CHS) is a non-profit support organization dedicated to providing information and support to individuals and families affected by hereditary hemochromatosis. This is a metabolic disorder characterized by excessive absorption of iron. Without appropriate treatment, excess iron may accumulate in the liver, heart, pancreas, and other organs, resulting in possible multiple organ dysfunction and tissue damage. Established in 1982, the society is committed to increasing awareness among the Canadian public and the medical community about the importance of early screening for, and diagnosis of, hemochromatosis. The society maintains a central registry of all reported cases of hereditary hemochromatosis and provides information regarding appropriate screening and diagnostic testing. CHS also publishes a biannual newsletter that is distributed to doctors and interested individuals all over the world. Its membership questionnaire includes specific questions designed to assist researchers.