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Colon cancer is the third most common cancer and the second most common cause of death from cancer for both Canadian men and women, according to the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC).
The good news is that colon cancer is highly treatable as long as it's detected early, and 90 per cent preventable with regular screenings.
But as of today, nearly half of those diagnosed with colon cancer find out too late.
Reducing deaths from colon cancer starts with raising awareness about the importance of regular testing, and this weekend, Screen Colons Canada is holding two events, one in Ottawa and one in Toronto, to do just that.
First up is a charity gala called 'The Snowflake Ball', which goes down Saturday May 4 from 5:30 pm to 1:30 am at the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau-Ottawa.
This year's theme is "Springtime In Paris", and according to the website, "an evening of unsurpassed glamour and all the romance of a Parisian spring awaits you" if you can make it out.
(Image: The Snowflake Ball)
You can buy tickets on the Snowflake Ball website.
The event will raise awareness and funds for research on Crohn's diseasee, ulcerative colitis and colorectal cancer. All proceeds from the ball will benefit the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre and Screen Colons Canada.
And on Sunday, May 5, The Cut-A-Thon for Cancer is happening in Toronto. Swing by Petros Hair Salon at 2901 Bayview Avenue for a cut - it's $25 for men and $35 for women, with all proceeds going to Screen Colons Canada and colon cancer awareness programming.
Nancy Rooney, the Chair and President of Screen Colons Canada, and Toronto gastroenterologist Dr. Ian Bookman will both be on hand at the Cut-A-Thon to answer questions - and maybe to get their hair done.