July 23: Colon Cancer Screening Program Launched

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The government, Eastern Health and Western Health launched the Newfoundland and Labrador Colon Cancer Screening Program, which will be phased in over three years, with the first phase being implemented in western Newfoundland. The program’s goal is to reduce provincial mortality rates through the early detection of cancer in people who carry the disease, but show no symptoms. The target age group is men and women aged 50 to 74, who are considered at average risk for colon cancer.