We are a non-profit screening clinic, providing endoscopy
and colonoscopy screening procedures.
We are dedicated to improving access for patients requiring screening services.
We are a non-profit 10-bed residential hospice,
providing 24-hour comfort and care to adults
with life-limiting illness, and their families.
We are a non-profit ambulatory vision care centre,
providing surgical procedures, clinical vision care,
education and research. We are affiliated
with University of Toronto’s Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences.
We are a non-profit Eye Bank. We collect,
process and distribute donated human eyes
and tissue for sight-saving transplants.
We are a non-profit community care program,
providing on-sight and in-home services
for older adults and adults living with disabilities.
Our goal is to enhance social, intellectual and physical well-being.
We are a non-profit long-term care home with 350 residents.
We are a place where residents feel comfortable,
independent and part of our community.
We are a non-profit diagnostic imaging clinic providing
X-ray, Ultrasound, Mammography and Bone Mineral Density
testing services. We are dedicated to delivering the highest quality
imaging services to our patients in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
The Kensington Screening Clinic supports patients in the Toronto community by providing early detection of colorectal cancer. Members of the Screening Clinic team (pictured above) will be taking part in the 2019 Bum Run event on April 28, to help raise awareness about this preventable disease.
World Cancer Day takes place on February 4, and is aimed to reduce the impact of cancer globally. The goal for the day is to encourage everyone to be aware of the common signs of cancer, and to emphasize early detection for all.
Cancer is a disease that occurs when the cells in the body go through an abnormal growth, forming a lump called a tumour. If left untreated, tumours may grow and spread to other parts of the body, affecting the body function and systems. Cancers of the blood, such as leukemia, generally do not form solid tumors.
In Ontario, cancer is the leading cause of death. One in two people living in Ontario are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and one in four people are expected to die from cancer. While the cancer occurance rate has been stable since 2001, the mortality rate has been declining.
The screening clinic at Kensington Health is dedicated to reducing the impact of cancer in the Toronto community by improving access for patients requiring screening colonoscopy and gastroscopy services. Through screening, colorectal cancer can be cured in up to 90 percent of people when discovered early.
“With colorectal screening, we’re able to remove the disease before it turns into cancer”, says Dr. Ian Bookman, Medical Director of Kensington Screening Clinic, “Many people don’t think cancer will happen to them, and don’t want to discuss colonoscopies, but it’s important to talk about it because colon cancer is the most preventable cancer. People are anxious about getting their colonoscopy done, but after their screening they often say, ‘I can’t believe that’s it.’”
Kensington Screening Clinic provides 5000 screening colonoscopy and 2000 gastroscopy procedures every year to people in the Toronto community.
Barbara Gousvaris, Registered Nurse at Kensington Screening Clinic, knows the signs to watch out for when it comes to protecting your digestive health. “You have to be aware of any changes in your bowel habits such as frequency, colour and shape, blood in your stool, abdominal pain and unintentional weight loss. These are all signs of possible problems” says Barbara. “It’s important to know your family history as it relates to colon cancer, and maintain a healthy diet, exercise, avoid smoking and get screened to help prevent cancer.”
On April 28, members of Kensington Health will take part in the seventh annual Bum Run, a five kilometre run or walk event to raise awareness of colorectal cancer. All proceeds from this event go toward colon cancer related charities, including the Kensington Screening Clinic.
Learn more about the Kensington Screening Clinic
Join the fight against colorectal cancer. Take part in, or donate to the Bum Run
Want to learn more about World Cancer Day? Visit worldcancerday.org