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Press Release: colorectal cancer awareness

Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre joins leading health organisations around the world to raise awareness of colorectal cancer a largely preventable disease. According to the Bermuda National Tumour Registry, colorectal cancer is the third most prevalent cancer in Bermuda. More than 90 per cent of cases occur in men and women ages 50 and older.

“We are pleased to be providing a FREE Cancer Talks presentation and panel discussion specifically on Colorectal Cancer,” said Azuree William, Events, Education & Volunteer Coordinator at Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre “Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cancer being reported in Bermuda and affects both men and women; the good news is that this is one of only a few cancers that can usually be prevented.”

On March 21, Bermuda's Dr Wilbert Warner and Dr Chris Fosker will discuss colorectal cancer, the risk factors, preventable measures and early detection and treatment and how this effects individuals and their families. Giovanna Watson, a colorectal cancer survivor, will also be on hand to share her cancer journey and urge people to talk about their health and to get screened.

Colorectal cancer usually starts from polyps in the colon or rectum. Polyps are growths that shouldn't be there. Over time some polyps can turn to cancer. Screening tests can find polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests can detect colorectal cancer early, and early detection is the best chance of being treated successfully.

“We find that people are not being screened because they believe they are not at risk or are afraid of the ‘what ifs',” said Williams. “The truth is that colorectal cancer can largely be prevented by removing precancerous polyps or cured by finding it before symptoms appear. That's why we are asking all members of the community to get screened and to talk to friends and family who are over age 50 about getting screened.”

For more information attend the Cancer Talks — Colorectal Cancer presentation and panel discussion on March 21 5:30pm at Bermuda Underwater Institute. To RSVP e-mail or call 236-1001 ext 1005.

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Published March 09, 2018 at 10:01 am (Updated March 09, 2018 at 10:01 am)

Press Release: colorectal cancer awareness

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