The National Colorectal Campaign

April 11, 2006 03:15 ET

The National Colorectal Campaign: A Message to Premier McGuinty, Health Minister George Smitherman and Finance Minister Dwight Duncan Regarding Colorectal Cancer

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 11, 2006) - The National Colorectal Campaign (NCCC) has joined the Ontario Colorectal Cancer Advocacy Group in calling on the government, including the Minister of Health and Long-term Care and the Minister of Finance, to ensure the immediate funding and implementation of a province-wide, organized colorectal cancer screening program based on FOBT (fecal occult blood test) screening. This test detects blood in the stool - a possible symptom of colorectal cancer.

In 2006 approximately 7500 residents of Ontario are expected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and another 3100 will die of it. The self-administered FOBT is a highly effective screening tool that will significantly reduce the number of colorectal cancer deaths. In partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society - Ontario Division, Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative Foundation and The Ontario Association of Gastroenterology, the NCCC demands the government implement its 2003 promise of an Ontario-wide screening program.

Had this screening program been implemented, as promised, approximately 2385 Ontarians may be survivors today, as opposed to victims of this silent but deadly disease.

Established in 1996 by Bunnie Schwartz and Amy Lerman-Elmaleh, The National Colorectal Cancer Campaign (NCCC), is a volunteer-based charitable organization dedicated to making a measurable difference in the field of colorectal cancer through fundraising, education and the promotion of early and aggressive screening. The NCCC believes that when it comes to colorectal cancer, prevention is the key and screening is the tool.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE NCCC VISIT WWW.COLONCANCERCANADA.CA

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