Colon cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Ontario and the second most common cause of cancer deaths.
You can check for colon cancer with a take home, fecal occult blood test (FOBT). People of average risk of colon cancer should screen every 2 years between 50-74 years of age. People with a family history of colon cancer are at an increased risk and should be checked with a colonscopy.
Frank Pittman shares his story of how colon cancer affected his family and how he dedicates a major part of his life to helping other learning more about colon cancer prevention and screening. Frank works with the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada and can always be seen where The Giant Colon tour is.
Dr. Lawrence Hookey, the South East Regional Lead for GI Endoscopy, discusses different screening options, the risks and benefits of these and how patients can be best prepared to deal with colon cancer.