MONTREAL, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Recent events at the Lakeshore General
Hospital in Quebec, concerning incomplete colonoscopies for colorectal
cancer screening by an unidentified physician should not discourage
individuals from getting what is one of the most important examinations
concerning cancer prevention.
Without excusing in any way the fault of the physician concerned, the
fact that the hospital immediately revealed that there were incomplete
examinations underscores the importance of transparency in all of our
health institutions and provides patients with important information to
protect their health.
Patients who received incomplete examinations will now have the
opportunity to be re-examined. As it generally takes 8-10 years for
most polyps to turn into colon cancer, it is likely that almost all of
these patients will be free of disease. Hopefully, those who are found
to have the disease will be in the early stages and have the greatest
opportunity for a cure as colon cancer is 90 % curable when found in
its early stages.
For any patient that is found to have more advanced disease the
prognosis is better than ever, however the challenges are indeed much
greater. It is therefore extremely important for all of these patients
to be re-screened as soon as possible.
The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) has worked hard in
Quebec and across Canada to help bring awareness and promote colorectal
cancer screening programs. This fall, the demonstration program of
Quebec Colorectal Cancer Screening Program (Programme québécois de
dépistage du cancer colorectal (PQDCCR)) is scheduled to commence in
certain designated centers throughout the province. This screening
program is based on a simple non-invasive stool based test called a
fecal immunochemical test (FIT).
The Quebec Colorectal Cancer Screening Program will ultimately be
expanded throughout the province, however in the interim the CCAC
recommends that men and women between the ages of 50- 74 request the
test from their primary care physicians. It is a simple and inexpensive
way of testing for colon cancer.
Another screening option is a blood test. With multiple options
available, individuals are encouraged to discuss their options as well
as the risks and benefits of all screening options with their
physicians. In the end result individuals who have positive results
from any of these screening tests will be referred for a colonoscopy.
In Quebec, this year it is expected that there will be approximately
6,200 new cases of colon cancer (3,200 men and 2,800 women) and about
2,450 (1,300 men and 1,150) individuals will die from the disease, so
it is imperative that individuals be screened in a timely and effective
About Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer, cancer of the colon or rectum, is the second-leading
cause of cancer death in Canada. Though highly preventable and curable
when detected early, an estimated 23,300 Canadians (13,000 men and
10,300 women) will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and
approximately 9,200 (5,000 men and 4,200 women) sadly will die from it.
An almost equal number of men and women are affected by colorectal
cancer. One in 14 men and one in 16 women are expected to develop the
disease during their lifetime. One in 28 men and one in 31 women will
die from it.
About the CCAC
The Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada is the country's leading
non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of colorectal
cancer, supporting patients and advocating for national screening and
timely and equal access to effective treatment options to improve
Visit the CCAC website, www.colorectal-cancer.ca, for up-to-date information on colorectal cancer or call the toll-free
number, 1.877.50.COLON (26566) or (514) 875 -7745
SOURCE: Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada
For further information:
514 952 2619
Barry D. Stein president CCAC
514 875 7899