The second leading cause of cancer deaths is the most preventable

It’s a cheeky subject that most people don’t want to talk about, but as the second deadliest form of cancer and second most common cancer in Canada, colorectal cancer is not something that can be ignored. 

March is colon cancer awareness month. A time to talk about the prevalence and prevention of this type of cancer, which is a malignant tumour that starts in the cells of the colon or rectum, most often in the cell walls that line them.

An estimated 26,100 colorectal cancers were diagnosed last year, with more than 9,300 Canadians losing their lives, and with an aging and growing Canadian population, the number of colorectal cancers is expected to exceed 35,000 in 2030. That’s the total population of Nunavut.   

The good news is that colon cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer! With early detection, the survival rate is estimated at 90%. As says – “It is preventable, treatable, and beatable!”

Colon cancer hits men and women almost equally. It’s more common among those over 50 but it’s rapidly increasing in younger people. In fact, a 2016 study by doctors from the University of Toronto found that over 13 years the cancer rates grew 0.8 per cent per year for people in their 40s, 2.4 per cent per year for people in their 30s, and 6.7 per cent per year for those between ages 15 and 29. Declining rates for those over 50 are likely due to increased use of screening, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.

One conversation with your doctor and one simple self-administered test, that can be done at home, can save your life.  As Screen Colons Canada says, “People tell us it can be embarrassing to ask their doctor about their colon, their rectum, their bowels. Don’t die of embarrassment.

Talk to your doctor.

Income tax 101

Income tax can be confusing. A free two-part financial literacy workshop from Literacy in Action and Townshippers’ Association can help you understand tax time essentials.

Offered at Literacy in Action’s office, 7 Connolly St. in Lennoxville, Townshippers’ Community Information Coordinator & Cultural Community Liaison, Evelina Smith, will answer some of the many questions that are asked each year. Questions such as, why should I file? What forms do I need? Where do I get help? And other frequently asked questions.

Workshops take place March 16 and 30, from 1pm to 3pm. To participate you must reserve your spot by contacting Literacy in Action at [email protected] or call 819-346-7009.

Public Consultation: The Future of Tobacco Control

Every 14 minutes, a Canadian dies from a tobacco-related illness; that’s 37,000 Canadians per year.

The Government of Canada launched a public consultation on the future of tobacco control in Canada to renew the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy. The proposed strategy will seek to reduce Canada’s rate of tobacco use to less than 5% by 2035. This goal will require aggressive new measures that will focus long-term federal action to fight tobacco use. The consultation will run until April 13, 2017.  

For more information on the consultation and how you can participate, please visit [search the future of tobacco control in Canada] or follow

Join the team at Townshippers’!

Townshippers’ is looking for a project coordinator to join our team to organize a series of activities for secondary 4 and 5 students to learn about employment, opportunities, and resources in the region. Working out of our Sherbrooke (Lennoxville), this is a temporary position ending March 31, 2018. 
Applications close Friday, March 17th, 2017. To apply visit

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers,, and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.

Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: No buts about it, it may be embarrassing to talk to your doctor about your colon but not talking about it can be deadly. March is colon cancer awareness month and the most important message to get out is that the second deadliest form of cancer in Canada is up to 90 percent curable with a simple test. Don’t die from embarrassment.