Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada - CCAC

Advocacy > Spokespersons > A Word from Pamela Wallin  

Colorectal cancer is currently the second leading cause of cancer death in Canada.

Approximately one-third of the 20,000 Canadians diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year will die from the disease. Sadly, many of these deaths could have been prevented if detected in time. Unfortunately, colorectal cancer is still not well understood. In my own case, I thought it was a "man’s" disease and believed only the elderly suffered from it. I was mistaken. Because of such mis-information it is very clear that we need colorectal cancer awareness, education and prevention programs. It could save thousands of lives.

As our population ages, we are all increasingly at risk of developing colorectal cancer. As I am personally aware, a strong commitment to fighting this disease can make a difference. Through early detection, the removal of pre-cancerous polyps and healthy lifestyle choices, over 90% of colorectal cancer can be prevented.

But disturbingly, only a small percentage of Canadians between the ages of 50 and 74 are undergoing colorectal cancer screening. Therefore, I ask all of you who are over 50 years of age, as well as people who have a close relative facing or who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, to please undergo screening for this disease as soon as you can.

The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada ("CCAC") is a national organization dedicated to supporting those who are affected by the disease, their families and caregivers, and it advocates for a national screening policy as well as better access to treatment for colorectal cancer in Canada.

If you have questions, I encourage all of you to talk with your doctor or for further free information on colorectal cancer call 1 877 50COLON or see the CCAC web site at

Remember, taking care of yourself means taking action.

Pamela Wallin

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