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Let's take a stand against... colorectal cancer!

27 regional training sessions held, with over 370 trained

Let’s Take a Stand Against…Colorectal Cancer! is an educational and health promotion tool to empower local healthcare providers with culturally relevant information and materials to educate their communities about colorectal cancer and Ontario’s ColonCancerCheck program.


  • Increase knowledge about colorectal cancer, risk factors, and prevention in Aboriginal communities
  • Create culturally relevant messages for the Aboriginal population that support and align with ColonCancerCheck
  • Increase the number of Aboriginal people screened for colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer in First Nations

Although the overall cancer incidence rate in First Nations people is lower than the Ontario population as a whole, the rate is rising more quickly. Much of this increase is due to rapid rise in incidence in lung and colorectal cancers. 

Colorectal cancer rates for First Nations females now meet, and for First Nations men exceed, that of the rest of Ontario’s population.

Colorectal cancer is highly treatable if detected early through screening. The probability of curing colorectal cancer is 90% when detected early.

Results from a 2002 Aboriginal Cancer Care Unit Needs Assessment “ It’s Our Responsibility” showed the need for culturally competent education, materials and awareness initiatives to fill the knowledge gap on cancer in Aboriginal communities.  A recent knowledge survey conducted with front-line workers strongly indentified a need for colorectal cancer education for Aboriginal communities.   

Provincial implementation

Let’s take a stand against…Colorectal Cancer! (LTSACC) was launched in December 2008, with more than 1,500 toolkits distributed to provincial and national Aboriginal organizations and service providers, Ontario First Nations and non-Aboriginal stakeholders. The LTSACC toolkit provided evidence based reliable resources and materials to front line healthcare providers and educators.

Toolkits were developed in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division) and The Hôpital regional de Sudbury Regional Hospital.

Focus testing the usability and cultural relevance of toolkit materials was completed in 6 regions in the province. Pilot testing the training approach and toolkit usability commenced in April of 2008 in both the Northeast and Northwest regions with 10 First Nations communities participating and over 100 healthcare workers trained.

Pilot evaluation results indicated a highly effective training approach and strongly endorsed the toolkit materials as being usable and sensitive to the cultural realities in Aboriginal communities.

Full implementation commenced in 2009 with regional train-the-trainer workshops aimed at supporting front line workers in uptake of toolkit materials. Workshops wrapped up in July of 2010 with 27 workshops held across the province, and over 370 Aboriginal healthcare providers and educators trained.  An Aboriginal media campaign was also implemented to complement the education sessions.

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Last modified: Tue, Jun 28, 2011
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