I Want to Learn More About Colorectal Cancer
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Colon cancer starts in the cells of the colon. Cells in the colon sometimes change and no longer grow or behave normally. In some cases, changes to colon cells can cause colon cancer. Most often, colon cancer starts in gland cells that line the wall of the colon.
Colorectal cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms in the very early stages of the disease when the tumour is still small. Symptoms often only appear when it spreads to nearby tissues and organs.
The Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)
This simple test can reveal the presence of cancer at an early stage. Colorectal cancer best responds to treatment and has the highest odds of survival when it is detected and treated early on, before the disease can spread beyond the colon.
This quick and painless test can be done without assistance, in the comfort of your own home.
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How to get the test?
Ask your family doctor or a doctor/nurse practitioner from a walk-in clinic about the test. These health professionals can give you a prescription for a free sample collection kit with instructions.
Appointments can even be booked directly on Clic Santé since February 2024.
Let's shatter taboos and talk about prevention and early detection. Together, let's dethrone colon cancer!
Be active for at least 30 minutes every day.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Limit your alcohol intake.
Limit your consumption of red meat
and processed meats.
Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and high-fibre foods.
Favour whole-grain cereals.