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- Screening for Breast, Cervical and Colorectal Cancers Can Detect Potential Problems Early -

Local residents are encouraged to make a potentially life-saving decision by getting screened for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is urging people to be screened for the three most common cancers so that any potential problems can be detected early. In Ontario, the screening procedures for these three common forms of cancer are offered at no cost.

“Spending a few minutes to be screened for breast, cervical or colorectal cancer can be a valuable investment of time and energy,” says Elsie Azevedo Perry, a Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Coordinator with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Regular screening helps to find cancers sooner, meaning treatment can start faster. This can greatly improve the survival rates for each of these cancers.”

To find out more information, call Cancer Care Ontario toll-free at 1-866-662-9233 or visit Ontario's Screen For Life web page. According to Cancer Care Ontario:

• Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian women, with one in nine women expected to be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. When breast cancer is caught early, most women (90 per cent) make a full recovery after treatment. The cancer is also less likely to spread to other parts of the body.

• Almost 100 per cent of cervical cancer cases are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). With three out of four women getting the HPV virus at some point in their lives, screening is essential for catching HPV infections before they become cancer.

• Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the third-most diagnosed type of cancer in Canada. It can be caused by lifestyle, as well as family history/genes. Typically, the risk of colorectal cancer increases with age, with roughly 90 per cent of new cases diagnosed in people aged 50 years and older.

“Early stages of cancer can be difficult to see or feel, so regular screening is vital to help catch things early,” Azevedo Perry notes. “Take the time to get screened because your health matters.”

For media inquiries, contact:

Elsie Azevedo Perry, Coordinator of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, or toll-free: 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1218.

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