Get Screened For Colon Cancer Now
Getting checked for colorectal cancer may not be at the top of your list for fun activities, but when it comes to taking charge of your health, local screening programs can help you find the right test at the right time:
· Your family doctor can help you plan a screening program based on your age and family history.
· Having a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) is the safest way to catch colorectal cancer early and improve your chance of being cured. It’s a procedure you can do at home!
· The test is very easy. All you need is the testing package and follow the picture instructions
· Using the smear stick provided in the testing package, you’ll need to collect small samples of stool three times on three occasions.. When you’re done, simply place it in the provided envelope and either drop it off at your local lab or mail it using the self-addressed, postage paid envelope.
· Proof points:
· You can learn more about the current screening guidelines by using the Time to Screen Tool at: Ontario.ca/ScreenForLife
· Screening tests for cancer can detect the disease before physical symptoms show up, when cancer is most treatable.
Half of all cancers can be prevented through regular screening and healthy living. This is a really important message for Ontarians because the truth is that the early stages of cancer can be hard to spot, and there are often no signs that anything is wrong. You probably don’t have cancer, but if you do, knowing helps you and your doctor begin a treatment plan for tackling the disease so you can get back to living a healthy, active life.
· A person with colorectal cancer has a 90 per cent chance of being cured if the cancer is caught early enough through screening.
More and more people are taking an active role in managing their health. This means making better lifestyle choices like eating well, quitting smoking and exercising. If you’re 50 to 74 years of age with no family history of the disease, you should also add being checked for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer to your health routine. Your chances of getting cancer increase with age and screening is one of the best ways to protect your health.
· Men and women aged 50 to 74 years of age considered to be at average risk of colorectal cancer should be screened every two years with a fecal occult blood test.