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Community Health Forum on Colorectal Screening Showcases New Niagara Program

Posted Oct 15th, 2008

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in North America. Early screening and detection means a 90% cure rate for bowel or colon cancer, and a new provincial program aims to increase the number of Niagarans involved in screening tests.

The Niagara Health System is holding a Colorectal Screening Education Evening to provide key information on the screening initiative. During this free education evening, local medical experts will explain what’s available to Niagara residents and answer questions from the audience. As well, a Welland resident will tell the personal story of his screening and treatment experience.

Ontario has one of the highest rates of colorectal cancer in the world, and the province is investing $193 million over five years to raise awareness of the availability of screening for all adults 50 years and older through its new ColonCancerCheck program.

Learn more at the Colorectal Screening Education Evening, Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Four Points Suites Sheraton, Brock Room, 3530 Schmon Parkway, Thorold (beside Regional Niagara building). There is no charge for this event and free parking is available at the hotel.

Hear from:

  • Dr. Jeff Cranford, General Surgeon
  • Dr. Janice Giesbrecht, Oncologist
  • Cindy Mutch, Health Promoter, Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton
  • Kathy Hume, Clinical Manager Regional Colorectal Screening Program
  • Joe Hrechanyk, Welland Patient
  • MC Patty Welychka, Health Program Director

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