LifeLabs Locates Provincial Testing Centre in Niagara Region



    
               Fecal Occult Blood Testing (FOBT) Centre Created
                to Support Ontario's ColonCancerCheck Program
    

    THOROLD, ON, July 31 /CNW/ - LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services today
announced that it has chosen to locate its Provincial Centre for Fecal Occult
Blood Testing (FOBT) at its Niagara Regional Lab at 3460 Schmon Pkwy., in
Thorold, Ontario. FOBT testing is used to identify colorectal-related
illnesses, including colon cancer.
    "While we have been operating a full service testing lab and several
patient service centres in the Niagara region for many years, we have recently
moved all of our provincial FOBT testing to our Schmon Pkwy. lab as a result
of our involvement in Ontario's ColonCancerCheck program," said Frank Amodeo,
Acting CEO, LifeLabs.
    LifeLabs is a major supporter of ColonCancerCheck through the provision
of FOBT collection kits to physicians and pharmacists, the testing of FOBT
kits and the delivery of test results.
    Launched by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, in collaboration
with Cancer Care Ontario, ColonCancerCheck is a provincial screening program
designed to detect colorectal cancer at an early asymptomatic stage, thereby
reducing the rate of mortality. One of the ways the program supports this goal
is by providing funding to screen all average risk men and women 50 years and
older using FOBT. When caught early through regular screening, colorectal
cancer is 90% curable.
    "LifeLabs is proud to support this valuable program, designed to improve
the survival rate of patients with colon cancer, by identifying it at an early
stage," added Amodeo. "And we are pleased to consolidate all related FOBT
testing work in this part of the province, where it will be supported by our
professionally-trained staff and a state-of-the-art testing facility."
    LifeLabs has been serving the healthcare needs of Canadians for nearly 50
years and has been operating in the Niagara area for approximately 35 years.
In the Niagara region, LifeLabs employs close to 200 people, provides regular
support to roughly 600 physicians and serves 470,000 patients annually.

    About LifeLabs:

    LifeLabs, provides laboratory testing services, which help physicians and
other healthcare professionals diagnose, treat, monitor and prevent illness in
patients. LifeLabs employs more than 3000 professionally trained staff, who
deliver more than 50 million laboratory tests annually to over 10 million
patients and nearly 20,000 physician customers. LifeLabs has operated in
Canada for nearly 50 years. Today it is owned by Borealis Infrastructure, a
global leader in infrastructure investing, with assets in energy,
transportation and infrastructure buildings, including long-term care
facilities and hospitals, pipelines and telecommunications. For information,
visit www.lifelabs.com.





For further information:

For further information: Norm Berberich, Senior Manager, Communications,
LifeLabs, (416) 675-4530 (x2800), norman.berberich@lifelabs.com

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