Stopping cancer before it starts - Doctors will disclose life-saving prevention tips at free forum

14 November 2011

Saskatoon -

The Canadian Cancer Society has partnered with health specialists to bring important information to the public on how to prevent cancer, reduce your risk and know the signs and symptoms before it progresses.   Skin, colorectal and screening specialists will be taking part in the free 4th Annual Prevention Forum at Elim Tabernacle in Saskatoon on Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00 pm to bring more awareness to cancer prevention.

Dr. Bernard Lawlor is medical advisor to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency Screening Program for Colorectal Cancer, Dr. Peter Hull is a clinical dermatologist and researcher, and Ms. Yvonne Taylor is provincial leader of the Early Detection, Population Health Division of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. The Canadian Cancer Society is providing the free forum to give the public an opportunity to learn about protection. “Information is power and by talking about the risk factors and the symptoms, people are more able to protect themselves,” says Doreen Callander, Cancer Control Coordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Saskatchewan.  Colorectal cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer- related deaths. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers.  Early detection and screening is associated with an increased chance of surviving cancer.  “Research tells us that at least half of all cancers can be prevented.  Knowing your body, recognizing changes early and following appropriate screening can save your life,” says Callander.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Donna Ziegler

Director, Cancer Control

Phone: (306) 790-9876