Cancer screening makes all the difference

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Doug Bridges of Charlottetown speaks from his own fortunate personal experience in promoting the benefits of early detection of colon cancer.

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Editor: It never ceases to amaze me how powerful a personal story can be. I’m writing as a follow-up to the article about Doug Bridges’ experience with cancer. He shared his story in the hopes of encouraging more Islanders to get screened.

After his story ran in The Guardian, I’m pleased to share that the phone lines were ringing off the hook at the Provincial Colorectal Screening Program.

Doug — you inspired many with your words. Thank you for so bravely sharing your experience.

One of the things I am most passionate about — personally and professional — is cancer screening.

It’s not uncommon to find me passing out FIT kits as I speak to groups across the province!

I’m so passionate about it because detecting cancer early can make all the difference in the world.  

And with colorectal cancer screening, cancer can actually be detected before it starts.

Not every province is fortunate enough to have an organized colon cancer screening program, but we are … so I beg all you between the ages of 50 and 74 to please get screened.

I am grateful my father did. He participated in the program last spring and some follow-up was required.

As a result, numerous polyps were removed before any of them became cancerous, another example of the importance of early detection.

Since the P.E.I. Colorectal Cancer Screening Program launched in 2011, over 10,000 Islanders have been screened with more than 100 cases of cancer and pre-cancerous growths detected.

Hundreds more, like my father, have had polyps removed, avoiding serious problems.

Thank you, Health P.E.I., for making cancer screening a priority. Please visit getscreenedpei.ca to learn more.

Lori Barker,

Executive Director,

Canadian Cancer Society, P.E.I. Division.

Organizations: Canadian Cancer Society

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