Colon Cancer Canada
The National Cancer Institute of Canada acknowledges CRC (colorectal cancer) as the second most common cause of death from cancer for both Canadian men and women. Yet CRC is a highly treatable cancer if it is detected early and it is up to 95 percent preventable with timely and thorough testing or “CRC screening”. Unfortunately as it stands today, nearly half of those diagnosed find out too late.
ABOUT COLON CANCER CANADA:
Colon Cancer Canada (CCC) is a national organization dedicated to saving lives through increasing public awareness of colorectal cancer and access to screening, funding research initiatives, and providing colorectal cancer patient support. CCC was established in 1996 as a small but feisty organization dedicated to increasing awareness and raising money for colon cancer.
What started as a grass roots organization with a driven team of two steadily gained momentum and support. Today, CCC boasts a strong base of hundreds of committed volunteers throughout Canada, and the Colon Cancer Canada Advisory Board is comprised of respected colorectal cancer medical experts and patients.
CCC is making a significant impact on this disease by financially aiding research efforts to find a cure and by offering a support network for both patients and families. The over $6.6 million raised to date has been instrumental in establishing fellowships and research chairs, financing hospital equipment, providing financial support to patient support services and increasing awareness about the necessity of early screening.
CCC believes that through the promotion of early screening and detection, colon cancer can be cured.
A FEW FAST FACTS ON CRC:
• 423 Canadians, on average, are diagnosed with CRC every week. • 175 Canadians, on average, die of this disease every week.
• One in 14 men is expected to develop CRC during his lifetime and one in 27 will die of it.
• One in 15 women is expected to develop CRC during her lifetime and one in 31 will die of it.
• Anyone 50 and up should be screened regardless of family history.