Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada - CCAC

Advocacy > Spokespersons > Pat Burns calls for Screening  

As you may know, I am personally aware of the importance of screening and early detection of colorectal cancer, since I was diagnosed with this disease some time ago. Over 90% of colorectal cancer can be prevented, however very few Canadians between the ages of 50 and 74 are undergoing testing for this disease. I encourage Canadians over 50 years of age, as well as those with a strong family history of the disease to learn more about the risk factors and to discuss screening options with their doctors. Early screening, together with healthy lifestyle choices can greatly reduce your risk for developing colorectal cancer.

Approximately one in sixteen Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, currently making it the second leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in Canada. Unfortunately however, the disease is still not well known. The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada ("CCAC") is a national organization dedicated to supporting those affected by the disease and their families, and at the same time advocating for a national screening policy as well as timely access to treatments.

As a team player, I know the importance of working hard together to succeed. We as Canadians collectively need to pull together in an effort to beat this disease and save thousands of lives. Colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable. Together we can make a difference!

Yours truly,

Pat Burns

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