This week’s blog is about why we have chosen to raise awareness about colorectal screening & prevention. Simply put – colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second most common cause of death from cancer for both Canadian men and women. This should not be the case. Colorectal cancer can be detected early and is even preventable in 90% of cases. But almost half of those diagnosed find out too late. Your friendly organizers of the @biokplus Bum Run want to encourage as many people as we can to talk to their physicians and learn about how to screen for and prevent colorectal cancer. We can beat this thing together. Join us on August 25th to raise funds for Colon Cancer Canada, raise awareness of screening & prevention, and honour our friends and family affected by colorectal cancer. Join us. Run. Walk. Love your bum.
Colonoscopy. Does the word make you uncomfortable? Here are a few reasons why the word should make you feel happy. First, a colonoscopy can save your life. Second, preparing for a colonoscopy, while a bit, let’s say, inconvenient because you should really stay close to home at the time, it will make you feel like a whole new person when it’s done. If you don’t know what we mean, you’ll have to try it to find out. Third, everybody, and we mean everybody, should be doing it. Fourth, you will surprisingly have the best cat nap that you’ve had in a long time. And fifth, what better source of humour than a colonoscopy? You’ll be a hit with your friends when you recite all of those well-known colonoscopy jokes during the procedure. For example, when you’re on the table you can say things to your doctor like, “Can you hear me NOW?” or “Is my head up there? Because sometimes I feel like it is.” or “You know, in some cultures, we are legally married now”. That’s good material. Colonoscopies. They’re funny and will save your life. Try one.
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