Media Release

March 5, 2012

March 5, 2012 Screening can prevent deadly colon cancer

York Region advises residents colon cancer is 90 per cent curable if found and treated early
NEWMARKET – March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and The Regional Municipality of York encourages residents aged 50 to 74 to get tested. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Ontario, yet is 90 per cent curable if diagnosed and treated early.
Visit your health care provider to pick up a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) – an easy-to-use, at-home test that screens for blood in the stool which may be a sign of colon cancer. If the FOBT is positive, your doctor will advise on further testing required. If cancer is found during this process, it can often be cured before symptoms occur.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Ontario for both men and women but has one of the highest rates of recovery if detected and caught early. Colon cancer often begins with a polyp – a non-cancerous growth in the inner lining of the colon. Polyps are not cancerous initially but can develop into cancer if not removed early.
Age and family history are two common risk factors for colon cancer. If you have a family history of colon cancer, speak to your health care provider to determine the appropriate screening.
You can further reduce your risk of colon cancer by:
• Eating a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables and fibre
• Being physically active as part of an everyday lifestyle
• Living tobacco-free
• Limiting consumption of alcoholic beverages to no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit
For more information about colon cancer screening, visit or contact ColonCancerCheck at 1-866-662-9233
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Media Contact: Lisa Sposito, Community and Health Services, York Region
 1-877-464-9675, ext. 4106 • After-Hours Cell: 905-955-2533 •

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Media Contact: Michelle McEwan, Corporate Communications, York Region
  1-877-464-9675, ext. 1209 . Cell: 905-251-6412 .
Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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