Motorcycle enthusiasts promote cancer screening in memory of their loved one

Hagersville resident Jackie McGowan married Dave Ruttan just 10 days before he died of colon cancer. “We knew Dave was dying and wanted to say our vows as a final, everlasting expression of our love,” said Jackie, whose husband passed away four years ago.

Dave was at high risk of developing colon cancer because he had Lynch syndrome, an inherited condition that can be passed down from parent to child.  A person with Lynch syndrome is at increased risk for colon and stomach cancer.  For women, there’s also an increased risk of uterine and ovarian cancer.

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Birthday greetings include an invitation to start colon cancer screening

ST. CATHARINES, ON — For many of us, birthdays mean scrumptious cake, glowing candles, gifts and greeting cards. If you’ve just turned 50, those birthday greeting will also include a letter in the mail from the province’s ColonCancerCheck program inviting you to start colon cancer screening as part of your routine medical care.

“I started screening when I turned 50, after getting my letter in the mail,” said Chris Lowes, owner of the Mahtay Cafe and Lounge in downtown St. Catharines.

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Burford farmer helps spread the word that colon cancer screening sees what you can’t

BRANT COUNTY, ON – Burford farmer Larry Davis is well-known in Brant and beyond for his powerful singing voice.

A member of choirs including Brant Men of Song and the Ontario Male Chorus, Larry is now lending his voice to something new by partnering with the Brant County Health Unit and Regional Cancer Program to promote colon cancer screening for Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March.

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Staying active as part of a healthy lifestyle

GRIMSBY — Whether it’s tending to his vegetable garden or teaching young members of his Cadet Corps how to tie knots and build campfires, Gerry Bijsma believes in staying active as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The 73-year-old Grimsby man also believes in cancer screening as a way to stay healthy. That’s why he takes a simple at-home test every two years called the Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) to screen for signs of colorectal cancer.

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Niagara Police Officer encourages a healthy community through cancer screening

NIAGARA, ON – Gina Allan believes in helping others. That’s why the Niagara woman chose policing as a profession. It’s also the reason she’s encouraging fellow Niagara residents to stay up-to-date with colon cancer screening by taking a free test that saves lives by screening for early signs of the disease.

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Hamilton ‘warrior’ beats colon cancer thanks to early detection

HAMILTON, ON – It’s no wonder Karen Grover’s favourite yoga move is the warrior pose. The Hamilton fitness enthusiast – whose weekly routine includes yoga classes, gym workouts and 5 km runs — has won significant health battles over the years, including defeating colon cancer.

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