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March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month


Colorectal cancer by the numbers:

  • 423 Canadians, on average, are diagnosed with CRC every week.
  • 175 Canadians, on average, die of this disease every week.
  • One in 14 men is expected to develop CRC during his lifetime and one in 27 will die of it.
  • One in 15 women is expected to develop CRC during her lifetime and one in 31 will die of it.

McGill experts:

Dr. Christian Zalai, Lecturer, Department of Surgery, McGill University

Expertise: Colonoscopy, laparoscopic colon surgery, colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease

Contact: christian [dot] zalai [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Available for interviews in French and English

Dr. Alan Barkun, Professor of Medicine, Director of Digestive Endoscopy Division of Gastroenterology, McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre

Expertise: colorectal cancer screening.

Contact: alan [dot] barkun [at] muhc [dot] mcgill [dot] ca, copy nour [dot] sharara [at] muhc [dot] mcgill [dot] cajulie [dot] robert [at] muhc [dot] mcgill [dot] ca

Available for interviews in French and English


Dr. Philip Gordon, Director and Senior Surgeon, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Jewish General Hospital, Professor, Departments of Surgery and Oncology;  Director, Colorectal Surgery, McGill University

Expertise:  Genetics of colon and rectal cancer

Contact: philip [dot] gordon [at] mcgill [dot] ca


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Cynthia Lee
McGill University
cynthia [dot] lee [at] mcgill [dot] ca
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