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Half of colorectal cancers diagnosed in late stages: Cancer Society

Last Updated Jun 13, 2018 at 6:45 pm PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – How often are you screened for colorectal cancer?

The Canadian Cancer Society is out with a new report that finds the test isn’t happening enough–and half of colorectal cancers in Canada are diagnosed after they have spread to other parts of the body.

Sandra Krueckl is Vice-President of Cancer Control for the BC and Yukon branch of the organization.

“The overall survival rate for stage one colorectal cancer is 90 per cent and the survival rate at stage four is in and around 15 per cent,” says Krueckl, who says┬ámore deaths can be prevented.

“If somebody is 50 years of age or older and they’re of average risk for colorectal cancer then they definitely want to talk to their healthcare provider about how they can get screened.”

If you’re at higher risk, you may need to start screening earlier. Krueckl adds there is screening available in our province and is urging you to take advantage of it.