Alberta Prevents Cancer is part of the Alberta Cancer PreventionLegacy Fund (ACPLF) and is supported by Alberta Health. Throughthe ACPLF, Alberta Health Services is working with Albertans in theircommunities, workplaces and health system to transform cancerprevention and screening. Our vision is an Alberta where mostcancer is prevented.
Learn more at albertapreventscancer.ca
Funding for the Yes, We Can Prevent Cancer series is provided, in whole or inpart, by Alberta Health. Provision of funding by Alberta Health does not signifythat this project represents the policies or views of Alberta Health.
LET’S TALK ABOUT
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“Below-the-waist” cancerssuch as colorectal cancertend to get little attentionbecause people are oftenuncomfortable talking aboutthem.
So, let’s talk frankly
about colorectal cancer, a
commonly diagnosed cancer
in Alberta. More than half of
all colorectal cancer can be
prevented and 90 per cent of
cases are treatable if caught
early. Those are amazing
numbers, if you think about it.
This special series—brought to you by the AlbertaCancer Prevention LegacyFund (ACPLF), an AlbertaHealth Services program—gives you straight facts aboutpreventing colorectal cancer.
For example, colorectalcancer tends to grow slowlyand often without causing anysymptoms.
For most people, the risk of
colorectal cancer is low until
about age 50. After that, the
The good news is thatcolorectal screening can helpfind cancer early. Screeningcan even prevent cancerby finding and treatingpolyps—small, mushroomlike growths—that coulddevelop into cancer. Thatmakes it vitally importantfor all Albertans aged 50 to
74 to talk to their healthcare
providers about colorectal
Other important ways tolower your risk of colorectalcancer include beingphysically active, keepinga healthy weight, eatinghealthily and stoppingtobacco use.
Read on to learn moreabout how people,communities and thehealthcare system are alreadyworking together to preventcolorectal cancer.|a