Toronto Star


- Dr. Sundeep Rai Medical Director, Canadian Place Endoscopy Clinic Melissa Vekil

In Canada, 1 in 13 men and 1 in 16 women will develop colorectal cancer, making it the second leading cause of cancer deaths. When detected at an early stage, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent but drops to 15 percent when detected late. Unfortunat­ely, nearly half of colorectal cancers have already spread at the time of diagnosis — however, with appropriat­e screening, 90 percent of colorectal cancer is completely preventabl­e.

“The first step in preventing colorectal cancer is regular screening, but only 40 percent of people that should be getting screened are getting screened,” says Dr. Sundeep Rai, Medical Director at Canadian Place Endoscopy clinic in Mississaug­a. “Timely preventati­ve screening is critical in lowering colorectal cancer rates, especially for those that are high risk, such as those with a strong family history.” Minimal wait times for maximum health Canadian Place Endoscopy has been doing just that since opening its doors in 2011. The clinic has screened over 45,000 patients for colorectal cancer and has diagnosed hundreds of cancers. “Our goal is to provide safe, comfortabl­e, and timely screening with short wait times,” says Baljit Sidhu, Clinic Director at Canadian Place Endoscopy. She has also recognized the importance of providing nutritiona­l counsellin­g for patients as an ongoing, exceptiona­l service.

“Our team of highly-skilled physicians and nurses provide our patients with outstandin­g medical care in a profession­al, warm environmen­t,” says Dr. Rai. In addition to working at the clinic, all physicians are practising gastroente­rologists and surgeons in the surroundin­g hospitals. “We make sure we close the loop with each and every patient and discuss the results of the colorectal screening in person. We also facilitate any further testing or consultati­ons if needed.”

Dr. Rai encourages everyone to speak to their family physician to find out if they are eligible for colorectal screening. All costs associated with the screening are completely covered by provincial government health care plans.

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