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Lack of screening program 'very short-sighted'

From Friday's Globe and Mail

Colorectal cancer will kill thousands of Canadians this year. So why isn't more being done to prevent it? ...Read the full article

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  1. Irv Millie from Canada writes: The daily column on cancer has been excellent. Today's is especially relevant. I have a sister who is in still suffering after having a cancerous colon removed. She had not done any pre-screening that I am aware of. She is a nurse and had just retired when her tumor was found in an advanced stage.

    I was more fortunate. During a regular company medical exam, my polyp was found and surgicaly removed. Follow up colonoscopies were done, first annually then every two or three years until I was about 75.
  2. M G from Port Hope, Canada writes: I find the concept of "screening" for "early detection" of any types of cancer hard to understand when I sit in my doctor's office in my mid-twenties and she tells me that due to the history in my family we'll start screening earlier when I'm in my mid-40's. UM, WHAT ABOUT THE TWENTY YEARS IN BETWEEN!?! Especially when stories like the one here about the 60 people living with cancer demonstrates that younger people being diagnosed is becoming more common.

    I think in a perfect world everyone would have access to screening at a younger age for early detection. Couldn't earlier detection possibly lower long term costs associated with cancer (and subsequently end-of-life) treatment?
  3. Rob K from Baltimore, United States writes: Screening is part of my health insurance here in the US. This whole series of articles on Cnacer is a scary view of the Canadian Health Care System. I am a Canadian living now in the States and have not heard anyone down here waiting for anything insured or uninsured. A woman at work (clerical employee with the County) has been diagnosed with lung cancer and within one week she is already receiving treatment at one of the best faciliities on the east coast. Canada better get it together soon. I know I will maintain retirement health coverage here ($70/month) when I finally come back to retire in Canada. Oh yes I pay 32 dollars a month for health coverage with a 5 dollar copay which includes drug benefits.

    No one can be refused health care in the US. Better be alive and broke than dead with some left over savings.
  4. Duke Frissell from Wainwright,AB, Canada writes: I was one of the fortunate ones. In Jan. 2006, my doctor gave me a volunteer occult blood test. Thank God, I took it. I had no symptoms or wasn't sick but I thought "what could it hurt." The test came back positive and my docor set me up with a colonoscopy procedure within a week of my results. I had a cancerous growth in the very early stages of advancment (between stage 1 and 2). I had a bowel resection procedure (about 11 cm.) the 3rd week in Feb. 2006. Since then, I have not required any medication or chemotherapy. I am given a MRI every 3 months at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton I received one follow-up coloscopy, 6 months after the operation and will get another one in Aug. 6,2007. As of right now, I am cancer-free. Taking that test probably saved me months of pain and years of medical treatment. Early detection is the only way to fight this tiype of cancer

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