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Ep. 192: The Latest Guidance on Colon Cancer Screening

Rates of colon cancer in Canada aren’t standard across the board. They’re dropping in populations over 50 years old, and rising in younger demographics. Dr. Jeff Axler, (above, right) Medcan’s director of gastroenterology and endoscopy, has scoped over 40,000 colons throughout his career.

Here, he chats with CMO Dr. Peter Nord (above, left) about why Medcan’s colon cancer screening guidelines stand out from other recommendations in Canada, how you can learn about your unique risk, and why the preparation for your colonoscopy isn’t nearly as bad as you thought.



0:00 Intro

03:14 Meet Dr. Jeff Axler, Medcan’s Director of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy. 

05:15 What happens in the body before cancer forms? 

06:39 Signs and symptoms to watch for.

08:17 How prevalent is colon cancer in Canada?

09:22 Screening has helped to lower rates of colon cancer. When should you get screened, and why?

11:58 A colonoscopy isn’t the only way to test for colon cancer.

14:35 Dr. Axler’s advice: get screened early. 

16:01 Things you probably didn’t know about your colon!

17:42 Are there any risks when undergoing a colonoscopy?

19:13 Does family history affect your risk of colon cancer?

20:59 These unhealthy lifestyle choices might increase your risk.

22:15 How effective are colonic cleanses, really?

22:42 How often should you be screened for colon cancer? 

23:15 How to prep before your colonoscopy.


This podcast episode is intended to provide general information about health and wellness only and is not designed, or intended to constitute, or be used as a substitute for, medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. You should always talk to your Medcan health care provider for individual medical advice, diagnosis and treatment, including your specific health and wellness needs. 

The podcast is based on the information available at the time of preparation and is only accurate and current as of that date. Source information and recommendations are subject to change based on scientific evidence as it evolves over time. Medcan is not responsible for future changes or updates to the information and recommendations, and assumes no obligation to update based on future developments. 

Reference to, or mention of, specific treatments or therapies, does not constitute or imply a recommendation or endorsement. The links provided within the associated document are to assist the reader with the specific information highlighted. Any third-party links are not endorsed by Medcan.

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