Colon cancer is a devastating disease that is the second leading cause of death from cancer in Canada. This type of cancer invades the large intestine of approximately 22,000 Canadians each year.
Colon cancer often presents no signs and symptoms and can be present and growing long before it is diagnosed. These symptoms can be vague and are also symptoms of a number of other illnesses. Everyone is at risk—colon cancer does not discriminate, and even the healthiest person can develop the disease. Age, diet, smoking and a sedentary lifestyle can increase your risk of getting colon cancer. If early pre-cancerous polyps are found and treated, colon cancer can be prevented.
For more specific information on Canadian statistics for colon cancer and all other cancers, please visit www.cancer.ca.
If you are over 50, or you or a family member have a history of polyps and/or colon cancer, you need to be tested. With regular screening, colon cancer can be prevented or more successfully treated, lowering the risk of death.
Get tested now—it could save your life.
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