Earlier this month, the Canadian Cancer Statistics 2012 were released by the Canadian Cancer Society and estimate that, on average, 64 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer every day. One in 13 men and one in 16 women is expected to develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime. That means someone in your extended family is likely to get it. Improvements in screening and early detection have brought this number down in recent years, but it is still one of the four major cancers affecting our world every day. The only way to know if you’re at risk is to know the questions to ask, the tests to get, and to spread the word. Come out and support the Bum Run on August 26, 2012 to raise awareness about these statistics and encourage more Canadians to make sure there’s no junk in their trunk!
iRun so I don’t have to tell another patient that he has cancer… and it could have been prevented
Hello. My name is Ian and I am a gastroenterologist or “bum” doctor. I’m the kind of doctor you see when you are over 50 or if you have a family history of colorectal cancer, to get a colonoscopy. During this procedure, I look for abnormalities in the colon called polyps- which are growths that could lead to colorectal cancer, if not removed.
Unfortunately, I diagnose colorectal cancer in somebody new every month. But even more unfortunate – 95% of these cases could have been prevented had the guidelines for screening and prevention been followed…Read More