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- Local Residents Reminded to Get Regular Screening for Preventable Forms of Cancer -

Cancer screening saves lives, and with that in mind, local residents are encouraged to put themselves to the test.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is advising people to take advantage of publicly-funded screening procedures available in Ontario for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer. These are common forms of cancer that, if caught early, can greatly improve people’s chances of surviving the disease, says Elsie Azevedo, a Registered Dietitian with the HKPR District Health Unit, whose work also includes supporting cancer awareness and prevention programs.

“In the early stages, breast cancer, cervical cancer and colorectal cancer can be impossible to see or feel,” she says. “Regular screening is important to catch these cancers early, improving the chances that they can be treated.”

Research shows that regular screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer saves lives. According to Cancer Care Ontario:

  • Regular breast cancer screening can find cancer when it is small. Finding cancer early means there is a better chance of treating it successfully.
  • Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular screening, appropriate and timely follow-up of abnormal Pap test results and, recently, HPV immunization.
  • When colorectal cancer is caught early through screening, a person with colorectal cancer has a 90 per cent chance of being cured.

Cancer continues to be a leading cause of death across Ontario and in the Health Unit region, which includes Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. According to Azevedo, being screened for breast, cervical or colorectal cancer is especially important for people 50 years of age and older.

Local residents are asked to speak to their health care providers about getting screened for breast, cervical or colorectal cancer. They can also visit www.ontario.ca/screenforlife for specific screening guidelines for each form of cancer.

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For more information, contact:

Elsie Azevedo, Registered Dietitian, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, ext. 1218.

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