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Jun232016No Comments

Are blood or urine tests accurate to screen for colorectal cancer?

The simple answer is no, and it’s unfortunate that patients have been paying for these tests out-of-pocket. While there’s a variety of these tests out there — and it can be confusing knowing what to offer our patients – there’s insufficient...
Jun152016No Comments

New report outlines actions needed to reduce chronic disease in Aboriginal communities

TORONTO, ON (June 15, 2016) – There is an urgent need for system-level interventions that reduce the high burden of chronic disease faced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis and encourage healthy behaviours, according to a new report entitled Path...
Jun142016No Comments

TOP 10 things to avoid with the FOBT

DON’T repeat a positive test. I understand why we might be tempted to. After all, we routinely re-order tests that are a little out of range. And we repeat Pap tests which have mild abnormalities. But the FOBT’s sensitivity is as low as 50 per cent....
Jun082016No Comments

New cancer cases in Ontario have tripled since 1981

New report from Cancer Care Ontario shows cancer is increasingly common, but survival is improving. TORONTO, ON (June 8, 2016) – While the last three and a half decades have seen the number of new cancer cases nearly triple, survival from cancer has...
Jun022016No Comments

To screen or not to screen for lung cancer

The recently released guidelines by the Canadian Task Force for Preventive Health Care recommend the use of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) to screen people at high risk of lung cancer. Some studies have shown the Number Needed to Screen (to prevent...