Call the Shots on Colon Cancer

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Cancer Care Ontario has teamed up with former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Darryl Sittler and Colon Cancer Canada to invite men to ‘Call the Shots on Colon Cancer’ and get screened with a simple take-home fecal occult blood test (FOBT).

While colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in Ontario, nine out of every 10 people with the disease can be cured when it is caught early. The fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is a simple test that can be done at home.

Cancer Care Ontario guidelines recommend that men and women aged 50 to 74 get screened for colon cancer with an fecal occult blood test (FOBT) every two years.

To get a take-home FOBT kit:

  • Visit your healthcare provider
  • Call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-828-9213 if you don’t have a healthcare provider

Helpful resources for the public:

Helpful resources for healthcare providers:

  • A brief overview of the campaign and the importance of speaking to patients about screening

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"People may assume that they don’t need to get screened for colon cancer if they have no symptoms, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Screening allows you to stay a step ahead of the game and find cancer early, when it’s easier to treat. Even if no one else in your family has had colon cancer, it’s important to get screened regularly to make sure you’re healthy."

– Darryl Sittler

Last modified: Fri, Feb 26, 2016
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