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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Delays in cancer care resulting from COVID-19 are expected to substantially increase mortality from colorectal cancer across Canada. Colorectal Cancer Canada (CCC) launches advocacy campaign 'Ready For The Next Round'.MONTREAL, Feb. 25, 2021 /CNW/ - March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, an important time to remember and support all those touched by colorectal cancer and a time to remind Canadians that colorectal cancer is Preventable, Treatable, and Beatable, if caught in a timely manner.READY FOR THE NEXT ROUND
This has been a particularly challenging year for all Canadians, but especially so for cancer patients and those awaiting diagnosis and treatment. "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is predicted that we will see a large increase of advanced colorectal cancers. This is due to periodic suspensions of colorectal cancer screening programs, deferred treatment and cancer care, coupled with a reluctance of individuals to seek help when experiencing symptoms of colorectal cancer.A  Ultimately, this will result in an increase in mortality from the disease. We are only beginning to experience the consequences of the backlog of undiagnosed and untreated patients and we need to do everything possible to help them and their families, including finding new solutions," said Barry D. Stein president and CEO of Colorectal Cancer Canada.To address this issue, Colorectal Cancer Canada teamed up with Dr. Darren Brenner and Dr. Timothy Hanna to A launch a campaign "Ready For the Next Round" to find innovative solutions to build a more resilient cancer care system that will minimize the impact on cancer care delivery the next time a crisis hits.A  "We have to be ready for the next national crisis, we need to be innovative, collaborative, and nimble. A Canadians are looking for positive and proactive solutions," said Dr. Brenner.A  "We have a golden opportunity to take what we've learned and plan ahead so that we are prepared for the next time we are faced with a crisis, " said Dr. Hanna.Patients, caregivers and health professionals, as well as the public at large, are invited to provide their ideas and comments by joining the conversation with CCC at:A  jointheconversation@colorectalcancercanada.com
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