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    Understanding Colon Cancer

    Colon cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells form in the wall of the large intestine (colon) – the part of your digestive system that absorbs water and turns food waste into stool.

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    2018 Special Report Overview

    The 2018 Canadian Cancer Statistics publication includes a special report on cancer incidence by stage at diagnosis. It also includes an overview of cancer in Canada (using estimates from Canadian Cancer Statistics 2017) and a guide to finding other cancer statistics through Statistics Canada’s online database, CANSIM. Access the full publication at cancer.ca/statistics.

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    NEW Guideline for Colorectal Screening

    Canadians with family history of colorectal cancer need to be screened earlier, more often. 
    The Canadian Association of Gastroenterology has released a NEW guideline for colorectal screening. 

    There is evidence that people with first degree relatives (parents, brothers, sisters or children) with colorectal cancer are at an increased risk. 

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    Proper Bowel Prep Can Save Your Life

    Too many people skip potentially life-saving procedures because of misunderstandings and misconceptions about the bowel prep. However, most people who have had colonoscopies, will tell you it isn't nearly as bad as you think and that the benefits far outweigh the risks.  Robbie, Anne and Laurie, who range in age from 11 to 80 years,  openly share their experiences with you in this video.

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    Colon Cancer - Don't Die of Embarassment

    Colon cancer is essentially preventable and yet thousands of Canadians die from it every year.  Dr. Michael Gould explains who is at risk of developing the disease and how it can be detected and stopped early.

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    Dr. Alan Barkun clearly explains what to expect if you are referred for a colonoscopy. This test allows doctors to examine the lining of the colon to evaluate and diagnose or treat abnormalities of the large intestine. It is a safe and effective way of detecting and removing polyps, treating rectal bleeding, offering early diagnosis and possibly providing therapy. Dr. Barkun clearly describes how to prepare, what to expect during and after the colonoscopy, highlights the benefits or the procedure and, suggests who should have a colonoscopy. 

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    Importance of Screening for Colon Cancer

    Ann Brown was diagnosed with colon cancer and given a 50% chance of surviving when she was 54 years old. In this video she speaks about her diagnosis, fears, treatment and return to health. Dr. Clarence Wong, a gastrointestinal oncologist,  provides advice on risk factors and how to protect yourself from developing colon cancer.

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Enhancing lifelong health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes our ability to help establish, enrich and protect a healthy gut microbiota is the key to lifelong health