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Saving Lives Through Colorectal Cancer Screening


It’s not the typical conversation most people are having, but the


Saskatchewan Cancer Agency is hoping that during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March that more people will be talking about colorectal cancer and getting screened. The number of new colorectal cancer cases in our province has increased approximately 21 per cent over the last 10 years. It is also the second leading cause of cancer deaths in our province, but that doesn’t have to be the case if the disease is detected in the early stages. When detected early there is a 90 per cent chance colorectal cancer can be cured.


In 2009, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency launched the Screening Program for Colorectal Cancer, which is a population-based colorectal screening program for residents of the province between the ages of 50 and 74. The program is currently offered in Five Hills, Kelsey Trail, Regina Qu’Appelle and some communities within the northern regions of Athabasca,


Mamawetan Churchill River and Keewatin Yatthé. Over the next several months the program will expand to several more regions and is expected to be province-wide by 2013.


The Cancer Agency is mailing an advanced fecal immunochemical test (FIT) to participants in the regions. This easy to use test is completed in the privacy of the person’s home and detects small amounts of blood in the stool.


As of December 2011, a total of 43,900 individuals have been invited to participate in the Screening Program for Colorectal Cancer (SPCRC).


“Every person screened is a potential life saved and that has a signifi cant impact on patients, families, and communities,” said Scott Livingstone, CEO of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. “We are already seeing positive results from the screening program. More than 100 individuals who had an abnormal test result have now had a pre-cancerous polyp removed which means that they will not have to undergo invasive cancer treatment or surgery.”


2012 Get Fit! Be Fit! Youth Wellness Event Giving Youth the Chance to Try New Sports, Have Fun, and Win Prizes


The Cypress Health Region, the City of Swift Current, and other supporting organizations have joined together to offer the 4th annual Get Fit! Be Fit! Youth Wellness Event. This year’s event will take place on March 16th from 6:00pm to 9:30pm at the Stockade/Palliser Building.


Get Fit! Be Fit! provides youth with an experience of fun ways to be active by ‘test driving’ new sports and activities. It allows youth to sample new sports without having to be committed to an activity that they may not enjoy. In addition, participants attend sessions to learn about healthy eating, life skills, and more. Participants are eligible to win great prizes including a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, iPod docking station, gym memberships, workout and sports


equipment, and much more. In 2011 the event surpassed capacity with more than 140 participants.


To register for this year’s event please visit the Get Fit! Be Fit! facebook page, visit www.swiftcurrent.ca, or call Swift Current City Hall at (306) 778-2787. This event is free and is open to youth ages 10-18 from across the southwest.


The Get Fit! Be Fit! Wellness Event educates youth on the importance of physical activity. Physical activity plays an important role in our health, well-being, and quality of life. Youth and adults who are physically active live longer, healthier lives. Active people are also more productive and more likely to avoid illness and injury.


Being active doesn’t have to be diffi cult. There are many ways to make physical activity a part of daily life — at home, at school, at work, at play, and on the way.


Getting started is easier than you may think. Start now and slowly increase your physical activity.


Every step counts. Each day try to do a moderate to vigorous activity. Choose vigorous activities at least three days a week.


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Combining aerobic and strengthening activities will improve your health and well-being.


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Youth were invited to take part in activities at numerous stations at the 2011 Get Fit! Be Fit! Youth Wellness Event


Get stronger by doing activities that build muscles and bones at least three days a week.


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It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.


What is moderate aerobic activity? It is activity that makes you breathe harder and your heart beat faster. You should be able to talk, but not sing. Examples of moderate-intensity physical activity include walking quickly, skating, bike riding, and skateboarding.


What is vigorous aerobic activity? With vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, your heart rate will increase even more and you will not be able to say more than a few words without catching a breath. Examples of vigorous activity include running, basketball, soccer, and cross- country skiing.


This event would not be possible without the support of sponsors: City of Swift Current, Cypress Health Region, SOGO Active, Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, Pioneer Co-op, the Southwest District for Culture, Recreation, and Sport, and Telus.


What:


4th Annual Get Fit! Be Fit! Youth Wellness Event Where: Stockade/Palliser Buildings, Swift Current, SK When:


March 16 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm Who: Youth Aged 10-18 from across the southwest Why: Have fun, learn new sports, and win prizes Cost:


Free!


More information about the screening program and colorectal cancer can be found at www.saskcancer.ca


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