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Within the next few months, community genetics clinics will be established in St. John’s, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook, with hopes of better screening individuals with a strong family history of the disease. Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest incidence of familial colorectal cancers in the world, and the highest incidence of all types of colorectal cancers in Canada.
“If there is a family history of colorectal cancer, we would enrol [family members] in colonoscopy screening programs and hopefully find polyps that can be taken out before they develop into cancer,” said Memorial University’s Dr. Patrick Parfrey, leader of the team that developed the program. “The primary objective is to reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer in Newfoundland and Labrador and we think we have a capacity to target those at highest risk by using new research discoveries concerning the genetic causes of cancer.”
Most Canadians have the benefit of screening networks at the provincial level, and we believe that all people around the world deserve that same opportunity.
To that end, our friends at the Colorectal Cancer and Colon Cancer coalitions south of the border have their own Buttmob forming, and it’s all in the name of advocacy. Tell your American friends:
Call your congressman on Tuesday March 30, 2010 and urge them to support the Colorectal Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment Act. Americans around the country will be calling their legislators as part of the “Congressional Butt-In” a day-long effort organized by C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition. On that day, constituents are urged to flood their legislators offices with phone calls about important programs which would not only save millions of taxpayer dollars, but more importantly, have a positive impact on the number of colon cancer deaths each year.
Think about it:
“A National Colorectal Cancer Screening Program has the potential to help tens of thousands of Americans each year get the screening they need, at a fraction of what it would cost to care for their late stage cancer diagnoses if their care was delayed until they were in the Medicare system.” – C3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition
Here’s some proud Canadian advocacy news: Newfoundland and Labrador has finally announced its intention to create a population-based screening program! Newfoundland was the last remaining province without a screening network. Over 500,000 Canadians there will now have better access to lifesaving tests. Stay tuned for details on the program’s implementation.
Click here to learn more about the CCAC’s advocacy goals.
The American Cancer Society has given the state of Wisconsin a failing grade when it comes to colorectal cancer prevention. It’s one of only a few states without any laws requiring insurance providers to cover the cost of a colorectal cancer screening. Luckily, lawmakers are considering creating such a law.
“People in Wisconsin want their lawmakers to do everything they can to combat cancer in this state and there’s no reason they should continue to accept an ‘F’ grade on this matter,” said Bob Meyer, Wisconsin Government Relations Director for the American Cancer Society.
Let’s hope for change in Wisconsin!
Here in Canada, only one province has yet to commit to creating a population-based screening program- Newfoundland. Quebec is still working on its pilot program, and PEI’s launched recently. The CCAC continues to advocate for equal access to screening and treatment options for all provinces.
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