Cancer Answers returns to Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre

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Videoconference to feature Dr. Bernard Badley

AMHERST – Colon cancer screening: What's it all about, is the topic of the next Cancer Answers lecture, Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Organized by Cancer Care Nova Scotia, the lecture will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Royal Bank Lecture of the Halifax Infirmary, 1796 Summer St., Halifax. Video conferences will be available at 18 sites across the province, as well as select First Nations sites.

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Bernard Badley, a gastroenterologist and medical director of the Colon Cancer Prevention Program.

"The home screening kit for colon cancer is an easy-to-use life-saving test," said Dr. Badley. "Since 2009, the test has identified pre-cancer or cancer in more than 2,400 Nova Scotians. This number would be a lot higher if more people did the test when it arrived in the mail. During this lecture, I'll explain the importance of taking five minutes to do the test each and every time it arrives in the mail. I'll also answer any questions that individuals may have about colon cancer screening."

Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a Department of Health and Wellness program, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians. It supports health-care professionals in providing patients with high quality care.

Cancer Care Nova Scotia's work with other organizations and its screening programs raise awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles to reduce cancer risk, and educate Nova Scotians about available testing, such as Pap tests for cervical cancer and home screening kits for colon cancer.

Organizations: Royal Bank Lecture, First Nations, Department of Health and Wellness

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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