Why Get Screened?

Personal Stories

We’ve gathered real stories from individuals affected by colorectal cancer. Use their words to convince yourself, a friend, or family member to get screened.

Mariellen’s Story

Mariellen Black was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer when she was 54 years old. If she’d been screened at 50, doctors say she would likely be alive today. Determined to help others learn from her story, she started a national campaign to encourage all Canadians to be screened for colon cancer.

Virginia’s Story

Virginia admits she noticed symptoms signaling that something might be amiss – but chose to ignore them.

Bob’s Story

Men tend to be more hesitant than women when it comes to discussing their health concerns, but sometimes all that’s needed is some encouragement.

Bob’s Story

A majority of Canadians say they know they should be screened for colon cancer – but 8 out of 10 are not being tested for it.

Heather’s Story

The best birthday present Heather ever received was a diagnosis of early stage colon cancer. A bright GP listened to her concerns – and very likely saved her life.

Share your story with us: mystory@screencolons.ca

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