News Northeast Cancer Centre urging everyone to get screened for colon cancer as part of March’s Colorectal Cancer Month SHARE ON: Taylor Ablett, staff Wednesday, Mar. 2nd, 2016 Photo: Dr. Amanda Hey, Regional Primary Care Lead, Northeast Cancer Centre, Dr. Antonio Caycedo, Colorectal Surgeon Peggy Zappel-Solomon, patient Mark Hartman, Vice President of Cancer and Clinical Support, Health Sciences North Koop Alkema, Manager, Preventive Oncology and Screening, Northeast Cancer Centre. Supplied by: Dan Lessard. 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.