The Northeast Cancer Centre is asking everyone to get screened for colon cancer, as part of this month’s colorectal cancer month. It’s the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women in Ontario, but highly treatable if caught early.
Manager of Preventive Oncology and Screening at NECC, Koop Alkema, says there is a simple test you can take at home. He says people should get screened because early detection makes the chances of a cure much higher; there is a 90 per cent chance of a cure if caught early.
The risk of colorectal cancer is higher in those aged 50 or over. Talk to your healthcare provider to get an at-home screening test for the cancer.