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March is Colon Cancer Screening Awarenss Month

February 2019

Dont just sit there

Did you know?

  • Colon cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Manitoba affecting over 900 men and women each year. Over 300 people will die from it.
  • The time to check is before you have symptoms. You can feel well and not even know that you have polyps (precancerous growths) or colon cancer.
  • The fecal occult blood test (FOBT) home screening kit is a simple and safe test you can do in the privacy of your own home. It is a test that looks for hidden blood in the stool (poop) which can be a sign of polyps or early stage colon cancer.
  • When it’s found in the earliest stages, 9 out of 10 times colon cancer can be cured.

 To request your home screening test click here. For video instructions on how to do the test, click here.

 How can you lower your risk of colon cancer?

  • Get Checked! - It is recommended that most people age 50-74 regularly do a FOBT home screening test every 2 years.     
  • Make healthy lifestyle choices: 
    • Eat foods high in fibre.
    • Get regular physical activity.
    • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
    • Be smoke-free.
    • Limit the

 For more information on colon cancer screening click here or call 1-855-95-CHECK.