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Department: Health Date Submitted: 03/24/2011
Huron: Get Screened for Cancer!

Huron County - Colorectal cancer is one of the most common and deadly forms of cancer among Ontarians. But a person with colorectal cancer has a 90 percent chance of being cured if the cancer is detected early through screening.

Public Health Nurse Anne Haley wants Huron County residents to use Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March to get screened. Haley says men and women over 50 years old should do regular screening, even if they don’t have a family history of colorectal cancer.

“Many people do not have symptoms of colorectal cancer. Screening is easy with a home testing kit Huron residents can get from their health provider or pharmacy,” says Haley.

Of the 2.8 million Ontarians eligible for screening, only 30 percent of men and women have been screened in the past two years.

To support Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, 10 Ontario Hockey League teams -- Barrie Colts, Belleville Bulls, Kingston Frontenacs, Kitchener Rangers, Guelph Storm, London Knights, Owen Sound Attack, Sarnia Sting, Sudbury Wolves and Windsor Spitfires -- will be partnering with Regional Cancer Programs to promote ColonCancerCheck.

In addition, there are many other exciting activities to raise awareness about colorectal cancer planned throughout the province.

The message is simple -- cancer screening saves lives!

Through ColonCancerCheck, Canada’s first population-based, provincial colorectal cancer screening program, home testing kits are available to Ontarians aged 50 and older from their family physician or nurse practitioner.

For those without a family physician or nurse practitioner, kits can be obtained from pharmacists.

For further information, call Telehealth Ontario at 1.866.828.9213 or visit Ontario.ca/ColonCancerCheck.

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TO FIND OUT MORE...
Our media contact is: Barbara Leavitt, Communications Co-ordinator, 519.482.3416 or toll-free 1.877.837.6143 ext. 2289.

The Communications Co-ordinator will connect you to our spokesperson on this topic: Anne Haley, Public Health Nurse.

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