Hockey Spitfires Raise CRC Awareness

The Windsor Spitfires are getting involved in promoting colorectal cancer screening this month.

Teaming up with the Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program in Ontario, pharmacists will be at Spitfire games on March 4, 7, and 11 to provide information and free take-home colorectal cancer screening kits.

Jumbotron messages from Spits General Manager Warren Rychel will encourage fans to “get checked”.

Funds for local cancer programs will be raised during a silent auction for one of the special colon check jerseys that the team will be wearing during Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

Dr. John Day from the Erie St. Clair Regional Cancer Program told the Memorial Cup champions,

It’s a tough topic. People are shy talking about their bottoms. You’re young and fit and feel invincible. But colon cancer is a disease that can hit you as you get older.… About 3,300 people a year die of colon cancer in Ontario. We want you to bring the message to your fans. Get screened and get screened early.

Dr. Day also urged the players to eat a healthy diet, drink alcohol only in moderation, and avoid all nicotine products including chewing tobacco.

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