Maroons Host “Get Checked From Behind” Night

Chatham-Maroons-Ice“Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray did not want to share the fight he is waging against Stage 4 colon cancer. Yet he knew he had to share it to help others. Bryan Murray is spreading the message that undergoing screening tests could have caught the cancer earlier. It is a mistake he does not want to see others make,” said Shawn Roarke in 2014).

Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly cancer in Canada. This disease affects men and women equally. It is also one of the most preventable cancers, with a ninety percent survival rate when diagnosed early enough. This first signs of colorectal cancer can be found up to ten years before the disease develops.

Colorectal cancer often doesn’t give us any clues of its presence inside us. During the early stages of the disease there are no symptoms, therefore, it is very important to be screened regularly for colorectal cancer. It is recommended that if you are 50 years of age or older, without a family history of colorectal cancer, you should be screened for the disease using an easy-to-use Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) every two years. You have an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer if you have a family history of the disease in a first degree family member (parent, sibling or child). It is recommended that you get screened using colonoscopy at age 50 or 10 years earlier than the age of the diagnosis of your parent or sibling.

In support of March being Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, Chatham Maroons and the Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program, are partnering to bring you an informative night for the team’s last game of the regular season. Attendees can learn about the risk factors that can cause colorectal cancer, as well as, information about the at-home test that can be done to detect this disease in its earliest stages, giving the best chance of survival.

Come see the Chatham Maroons play their final regular season game before the playoffs begin, against the St. Mary’s Lincolns at Memorial Arena on Sunday, February 22, 2015. The first 100 adult fans to arrive will receive a free Chatham Maroons seat cushion. In addition, all attendees will have the chance to be entered in a draw for a chance to win autographed pictures of Ottawa Senator’s Chris Neil and Chris Phillips.

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