“In 2017, I was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer. I can now say that I’m a survivor. Had I known that there was a simple, effective and non-invasive screening test (FIT) that can help prevent this ... I don't understand why we don't talk about it more! I'm lucky to be here and to talk about it today; people shouldn’t take any chances with their health!”
Dan Bigras, Ambassador and Colorectal Cancer Survivor
"Fatigue was my only symptom when I was suddenly diagnosed with colon cancer almost 13 years ago. But I didn't let this silent killer bring me down. I stayed positive and listened to the advice of specialists to emerge victorious. In recent years, I’ve become very involved in getting the word out and remain committed to talking about prevention."
Dominique Michel, Ambassador and Colorectal Cancer Survivor
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Yves Dubé, Ambassador and Colorectal Cancer Survivor
"I learned that I had colon cancer in April 2019. Dealing with my diagnosis was tough at first, but I remained optimistic. I even got a tattoo of “I Got This” on my wrist as a reminder to stay positive.
A year later, they found another tumour on my lung. Because I was getting regular monitoring after my first bout with cancer, they were able to detect this new tumour early enough to successfully treat it. You could say that colon cancer saved my life! While I had cancer, I continued to work on growing my business. As a businesswoman and proud fighter, I’ve made it my mission to share my story at work in order to openly talk about cancer and remove the stigma associated with it."
Ysabel Viau, Ambassador and Colorectal Cancer Survivor
“I come across people with colorectal cancer a whole lot, and my job allows me to help prevent it. Many of these cancers are preventable. This is why talking about prevention and the FIT screening is all the more important! People engage in magical thinking when they assume they won’t ever get sick, but cancer doesn't care about your race or your gender. The more we talk about it, the faster we can get through it, together.”
Dr Nicolas Benoit, Ambassador and Gastroenterologist
“Having worked in the GI surgical field for some time, I’ve attended to many colon cancer patients. Today, I find myself on the front lines in the emergency room and always encourage patients aged 50 to 74 to get regular testing. I know the flip side of the coin and prevention is the key! As a nurse, I feel it’s my duty to talk about early detection and to educate the people around me.”