Screen for Life Cancer Coach

SCREEN FOR LIFE CANCER COACH ARRIVED IN PORT COLBORNE

Cancer Coach

On March 26th, 2014 the Screen for Life Cancer Coach arrived at the Vale Health & Wellness Centre for local physicians, nurses, physician assistants and many community leaders and health promoters to tour. Learning sessions took place all afternoon facilitated by Cancer Care Ontario, the Juravinski Cancer Centre and Dr. Jeff Remington. Mapping statistics were on hand to actually break down the cancer screening statistics by neighbourhood in Port Colborne. While we are doing a pretty good job at screening, we can do better, and these sessions provided an afternoon of education on how to do just that.

 

·         The facts around cancer are pretty alarming:

o   Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Canada.

o   In Ontario, someone is diagnosed with cancer every eight minutes.

o   With an aging population and increasing life expectancy, it is expected that by 2015, more than 400,000 Ontarians will be living with or have survived cancer.

o   Cancer continues to be the number one cause of premature death in Ontario.

o   Colorectal, breast and cervical cancers account for nearly one-third of new cancer cases.

·         We know that cancer screening saves lives. In fact, cancer mortality rates for colorectal, breast and cervical cancers have been declining over the years thanks in part to an increase in screening.

o   Fact:  A person with colorectal cancer has a 90 per cent chance of being cured if the cancer is caught early enough through screening.

It's been great to see all the billboards and bus shelter ads throughout the City and region promoting cancer screening. It certainly is a message that needs to be shared.
However, it's important to emphasize that studies have shown that provider/physician direction is the single strongest influencing factor for cancer screening.