Colorectal cancer is treatable and beatable
TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - In support of National Colorectal Cancer
Awareness Month, ColonCancerCheck (CCC) and the Ontario Hockey League
(OHL) have teamed up to urge Ontarians to get screened for colorectal
cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death and the third most
commonly diagnosed cancer in Ontario.
In 2011, an estimated 8,100 people in the province were diagnosed with
colorectal cancer and approximately 3,250 people died from the disease.
"I'm thrilled to have partners like the OHL and Cancer Care Ontario who
are committed to keeping Ontarians healthy," says Deb Matthews,
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. "National Colorectal Cancer
Awareness Month encourages more people to get screened and helps to
raise awareness about the importance of early cancer detection."
ColonCancerCheck, Ontario's colorectal cancer screening program,
recommends that all Ontarians aged 50 to 74 years be screened for
colorectal cancer. Often there are no symptoms in the early stages of
colorectal cancer, but screening can detect colorectal cancer early,
when treatment is most effective. For those at average risk for
colorectal cancer, a simple at home test - the Fecal Occult Blood Test
(FOBT) - is recommended once every two years.
"A Fecal Occult Blood Test is a simple, non-invasive test that is
available for free and done at home," says Dr. Linda Rabeneck, Vice
President of Prevention and Cancer Control, Cancer Care Ontario.
"Studies show that when this screening test is performed every two
years for individuals aged 50 to 74 years, and followed up with a
colonoscopy for those with an abnormal test, it will reduce death from
colorectal cancer by 16 percent over a decade. Colorectal cancer
screening can be the difference between life and death."
The FOBT is the most widely available test for screening for colorectal
cancer. Ontarians are encouraged to call their physicians or nurse
practitioners today to obtain an FOBT kit. Those without a family
physician or nurse practitioner can pick up a FOBT kit from a local
pharmacy or by calling Telehealth at 1-866-828-9213.
For those at increased risk because of a family history (a parent,
sibling or child with a diagnosis of colorectal cancer), colonoscopy is
advised beginning at age 50, or 10 years earlier than the age at which
their relative was diagnosed, whichever is earlier.
"Getting checked and screened on the ice can be a nuisance but when it
comes to cancer it can save your life," says David Branch, Ontario
Hockey League Commissioner. "The OHL is proud to support this important
cause and we urge all of our supporters who are eligible to get
screened through ColonCancerCheck to do so."
All OHL teams will host events at home games in March. OHL teams will
feature the ColonCancerCheck patch, there will be colorectal cancer
screening materials available, and all team arena boards will display
colorectal cancer screening messaging.
Canadian Cancer Society volunteers are supporting National Colorectal
Cancer Awareness Month by assisting at events across the province.
For more information on cancer screening and the right time to get
screened, Ontarians can visit ontario.ca/screenforlife and complete the "Time to Screen" tool.
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey
League which is the largest development league in the world. 20 of the
CHL's 59 teams play in the OHL with 17 teams across Ontario, two teams
in Michigan, and one in Pennsylvania. Last season more than three
million fans attended OHL regular season and playoff games, while over
80% of all games were broadcast live on television across the province.
The OHL is a leading supplier of talent to both the National Hockey
League and Canadian Interuniversity Sport by offering players the best
of both worlds when it comes to hockey and academic goals. Last season
46 players were selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft including 11 first
round picks, while the OHL awarded 219 academic scholarships to
graduate players including 155 to players competing in CIS hockey
Cancer Care Ontario - an Ontario government agency - drives quality and continuous
improvement in disease prevention and screening, the delivery of care
and the patient experience, for cancer, chronic kidney disease and
access to care for key health services. Known for its innovation and
results-driven approaches, CCO leads multi-year system planning,
contracts for services with hospitals and providers, develops and
deploys information systems, establishes guidelines and standards and
tracks performance targets to ensure system-wide improvements in
cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care.
SOURCE Cancer Care Ontario
For further information:
Cancer Care Ontario
Senior Public Affairs Advisor
Ontario Hockey League
Manager of Media and Information Services
416-299-8700, ext. 320