Enhanced Colorectal Screening for Cypress Health Region
Eligible residents ages 50-74 in the Cypress, Heartland and the Prairie North Health Regions will now have access to the early detection Screening Program for Colorectal Cancer. With the expansion of the program to these three regions, approximately 69 percent of the Province will have access to early detection of the disease. The Agency will use an advanced fecal immunochemical test (FIT) to screen participants. This test kit will be mailed to participants to complete in the privacy of their home. The FIT can detect blood in the stool that is not visible to the naked eye.
Colorectal cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. In 2011, approximately 690 people in Saskatchewan were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and an estimated 270 died from the disease. $4 Million was allotted by the Province in the 2012-13 Budget Saskatchewan to expand Colorectal Screening across the Province.
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