Screens for colon cancer on the rise

Canadians received good news on Saturday, World Cancer Day.

According to a new poll, half of Canadians age 50 to 74 said they have been screened for colon cancer, showing a Canada-wide increase when compared to similar data recorded in 2009.

However, more than half (53 per cent) of those surveyed wrongly believe that people should only get checked after experiencing symptoms.

Commissioned by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the survey questioned 4,050 Canadians aged 45 to 74 on their understanding and attitudes on getting checked for colon cancer.

“Screening programs are now in place across the country and great work is being done to encourage Canadians to talk with their family, friends and health care providers about colon cancer and the importance of screening,” Dr.Heather Bryant, a spokeswoman for Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, said in a statement. “Most importantly, there has been an improvement in screening rates over the last two years. But, there is still much to be done..”

An estimated 22,200 Canadians were diagnosed with colon cancer in 2011 and 8,900 people died of it.

— Sun Media News Services